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Fishing for education boost

Work is underway to create an exhibition to help educate blind youngsters about sea creatures.

Staff at the Area 51 workshop are creating a series of stunningly life-like sculptures of ocean-based creatures for the educational display at the National Sealife Centre in Birmingham.

Blind children will be allowed to touch the models in order to gain a better perspective on the relative size and shapes of different creatures.

A spokesman for Area 51 said: "Apparently one of the biggest misconceptions with children is that a sea horse, for example, is the size of a horse and not the much smaller marine fish it actually is.

"So the exhibition will give blind children the chance to touch the models to gauge their relative sizes and the shape of their bodies." 

Among the creatures being built are a penguin, stingray, seahorse and lion fish, or pterois.