A while ago, I wrote about visiting the Sea Life centre in Blackpool for their new sea stars exhibition. A team of staff from Sea Life Blackpool carved an enormous piece of art into the sand beneath Blackpool’s Tower Headland last month.

The colossal sand drawing measured as big as the width of three blue whales, the world’s biggest ever mammal. Two thirds the height of The Blackpool Tower, which stands over it at 519 feet tall and 396 times bigger than an average starfish.


blackpool beach star fish sand drawing


The creative masterpiece, which took the team of six, more than four hours to complete, aimed to highlight the conservation of the starfish and the importance of this remarkable and often-overlooked creature.

The Sea Life centre have invested £150,000 in their new display highlighting them. The new display features an array of colourful and multi-talented sea stars, which can incredibly regenerate missing limbs and some species can even change gender at will! Aquarists will be on hand in the new display to give visitors a different viewpoint of the sea stars, which have eyes on the end of their limbs. They also eat by remarkably turning their stomachs inside out!

We were lucky enough to be invited to the Sea Life centre and Blackpool Tower to get a proper view of the sand drawing. Once we had been round the Sea Life centre, we headed to Blackpool Tower.


blackpool tower glass floor

We began our journey to the top of the Tower with a visit to the incredible 4D cinema.

‘Let the special sensory effects and incredible filming bring the history of The Blackpool Tower to life in front of your eyes.’ It certainly did that, it was such a good show, showing Blackpool and the Isle of Man in a whole new way.

Once the short film was finished, we were taken up the lift to 380ft into the sky to the top of the Tower. We walked onto the five centimetre thick glass viewing platform, where we could look out into the Irish Sea and Blackpool Promenade below.

It was fab being that high up, Lucas and I climbed to the very top but D stuck to 380ft which I was impressed with seen as he doesn’t like heights x


Blackpool tower glass floor and star fish sand drawing


28 Comments on Spotted – a colossal sand drawing on Blackpool beach

  1. That looks so ace! I wouldn’t have realised just walking down on the seafront that that was there and I love that i it is special from so high up. 🙂

  2. Oh that looks so beautiful! Damn I miss the beach so bad. Haha, maybe I’ll manage to get one this summer.

  3. oh that looks amazing and love that you could see it from above – i hate it when you dont get to see the whole image!

  4. Ah how unique is this? I love it! I wish I was creative enough to do something like this. I have seen sand creations when on holiday that are absolutely amazing, such an art! x

  5. A beautiful post, I really like the beach, how impressive the drawing of the star, it is difficult to draw a picture in the sand inside the sea.

  6. That’s an amazing sculpture and how fantastic they are trying to raise awareness of starfish. Do you know, I have exactly the same picture as you – with me feet looking down through the glass at the top of the Blackpool Tower!

  7. That’s an amazing drawing! I bet the artists had so much fun doing it. It’s also fun (although can be a bit sad too) to watch the tide come in and “erase” it 🙂

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