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The poster on the right
says it all really? Just bring £3 and your thumb this
Seahorses prove that size is everything at Living Coasts
For the seahorses at Living
Coasts, size matters – but not in the way you might think.
In a move that gives hope to
overweight men everywhere, the female seahorse picks the
male with the biggest belly! There’s a clue in the
name of the species - the Australian big-bellied seahorse.
Living Coasts marine biologist Jodie Peers explained: “In
seahorses, the male becomes pregnant. The belly is the brood
pouch, which is like a womb – this is where the male carries
the eggs. “Breeding can start when they are about eight
months to one year old. Ours are around 9 months old. There
has been no mating yet, but the males are displaying their
puffed out pouches to the females, and one pair has started
to link tails, which is the first stage of courtship.”
No one knows exactly why the females choose the male with
the biggest belly, although it could be a sign of virility –
something that would make a lot of human males very envious!
Living Coasts is home to 4 female and 14 male Australian
big-bellied seahorses. They arrived in July, coming from an
approved specialist breeding centre called Simply Seahorses.
They can be found in the Local Coasts indoor area, which
opened in July and is also home to starfish and cuttlefish,
and features one tank that children can crawl underneath.
Living Coasts is keeping Australian big-bellied seahorses –
Hippocampus abdominalis, which – like the native seahorses,
are a temperate species - to help get feeding and care
procedures right before introducing native British
seahorses. Jodie: “They have a fascinating social life.
Every morning a pair will entwine their prehensile –
grasping - tails and dance together for up to 10 minutes,
changing colour and promenading across the seabed – it’s
really lovely to see.”
Courtship involves colour changes and postural displays.
Males inflate their pouches like balloons using water. At
the same time the pouch turns white or pale yellow. If
mating is successful then the male is pregnant for about 30
For more information
here or ring (01803) 202470.
Why not come down
for the weekend, or even a week?
Telstar, the film you must go and see tonight!
Do you remember Telstar? the
first satellite broadcasting live TV pictures from America,
and the haunting music by the Tornadoes (
here to hear it ) Predating the seminal film 2001
written by Arthur C Clarke, this was the beginning of the
Space Age for the general public. Jo Meek was a master
of music, and a tad off the wall too.
The Dartmouth Film Society
reports: Our film for Thursday 26th November is the
black comedy TELSTAR - the music-infused biopic about the
life and tragic death of maverick 1960s British songwriter
and record producer Joe Meek.
Tone deaf, drug addicted, famously paranoid and obsessed
with black magic, Meek (Con O'Neill) was responsible for a
string of 1960s chart-toppers including 'Have I the Right',
'Just Like Eddie', 'Johnny, Remember Me' and the
groundbreaking 'Telstar'. Kevin Spacey co-stars as 'Major'
Wilfred Banks, the businessman who bankrolls Meeks's home
studio at 304 Holloway Road in North London. Worth
watching for Screaming Lord Sutch alone!
Guest tickets can be bought from The Windjammer £3.50 from
Our bar at The Guildhall is open from 7.30 - the film to be
shown at 8pm.
Christmas Lights Switch On and shopping in Dartmouth
Dartmouth Town Council has
organized this years Christmas Lights and the switch on is
this Saturday 28th November. Father Christmas is coming
especially to Dartmouth and the new Town Band will be
playing in the Bandstand from 4pm. Carols will be sung
from 4:40 and the Revd Simon Wright will fire up the lights
We all love Christmas Shopping
don't we? Well with the multitude of specialist
independent shops in Dartmouth you can make a day of it.
This Saturday there is Free Parking!!! To see the
click here and to see the art galleries
here. Unique Christmas Shopping, another Dartmouth
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Come along to St Saviour's Church this Saturday 28
November from 10.00am to choose Christmas presents from
the parish Christmas Fair. All the usual stalls with
good second hand toys, bric a brac, toiletries, books,
cakes (including Christmas cakes) and homemade
refreshments as well! Don't forget to buy your raffle
tickets for some excellent prizes. Hope to see you
Auction at The Royal Castle
Don't forget tomorrow's fundraising day at The Royal
Castle Hotel in aid of Meningitis UK's " Search 4 a
Vaccine Campaign", in memory of David Hawke who died
suddenly from the illness earlier this year.
Events are on all day with a grand charity auction in
the Galleon Bar in the evening.
Why not come and visit Dartmouth?