Sharks and Turtle Swim 100 Million Years
Back In Time!


Tropical sharks and a sea turtle have returned to find the clock has been turned back 100 million years in their display tank at Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary.

The residents moved out in October 2012 to enable workmen to move in and replace the massive triple-laminated glass windows that have provided a spectacular view into the ocean tank for the last 24 years.
Topical Shark Tank
Topical Shark Tank The returning sharks and turtle found not only new windows, but the skeleton of a prehistoric sea monster - a Kronosaurus.

The mock skeleton of a true oceanic dinosaur forms the centerpiece of a £250,000 refurbishment and remodeling of the Sanctuary´s biggest tank.

One of the largest members of the pliosaur family, it grew to 10 metres long and had teeth up to 30 cms long.
"The whole display now has a prehistoric feel, with a coral canyon, with a spectacular wall mural adding to the overall effect," said Manager Nigel Croasdale.

"Although the nearest pliosaur fossil find to Hunstanton was near Peterborough there have been plenty of other remarkable finds," he added.
"The local chalk cliffs are renowned for yielding fossil shark teeth and some nice fish and coral fossils from the Cretaceous period, over 80 million years ago, when Hunstanton was under the sea.

"We chose a prehistoric theme for the ocean tank because its occupants - a sea turtle and sharks - are both species that survived in our oceans almost unchanged for millions of years.
Topical Shark Tank
"We are constantly warning that both could very soon become as extinct as our new Kronosaurus unless conservation efforts are stepped up."

The Kronosaurus was put together in just three weeks by a team from specialist theming company Nautilus Creative Services of Dorset.

The best known specimen was found in Australia in 1924 and is now in the Queensland Museum.

Using pictures of the Queensland skeleton as reference they built their ocean dinosaur with PVC and pipework overlaid with wire mesh and then several layers of cement.
Topical Shark Tank Four black-tipped reef sharks were the last to return, arriving yesterday from temporary quarters in Brighton to join Ernie the green turtle, bonnethead sharks and others.

"We have also gradually returned hundreds of colourful tropical shoaling fish which had been moved to other display tanks," said Nigel.
"It may be "prehistoric" but our big ocean display now looks better than it's ever done, and will re-open to all our visitors this weekend."

Press Release issued by the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary
For more details, please contact Nigel Croasdale on 01485 533576
Date: 6th February 2013

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