A Special News Update
23rd September 2014
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In December 2013, Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary fell victim to the Tidal Surge that swept the East Coast of the United Kingdom.

The unfortunate consequence meant that the centre had to close for ten months as every display was stripped out and completely refurbished. This £3,000,000 project has culminated in a brand new SEA LIFE Sanctuary, ready to open it´s doors again on 16th October 2014.

The Team have been working around the clock, but it is all worth it,
and we have some great news!
First to arrive back at Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary after 10 months away at Great Yarmouth SEA LIFE, was Ernie, the giant green sea turtle.

He arrived just before 8am and BBC Breakfast were there to show live on television his return. He was winched up to the top of the ocean tank by members of the staff and all who were there held their breaths as they waited for him to enter the water. With a quick flick of his flipper Ernie was back in his home.
Ernie, the giant green sea turtle
Penguins - Use photo 8784 Whilst the staff were preparing for the next arrivals later that morning, Kirsty, one of Aquarists, and Grace, a Summer Intern, drove off in the van to Great Yarmouth SEA LIFE for a 3 hours round trip to pick up the Humbolt Penguins, Jess, Charlie, Beau, Ellie and Dimi. Harvey decided to stay at Great Yarmouth as he had made a few friends, Jerome has taken Harvey´s place.

Although nervous at first, it was not long before they were exploring their re-built home.
No sooner had the penguins arrived, then saw the arrival of the Seals, Sally, Tyne, Amber, Pendle and Miley, from Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary, the Otters hitched a ride with them as well. Members of the public and even a group of children from a local school stopped to watch as the Seals and Otters were unloaded from the van.

Sally was the first of the seal residents to see their new relocated seal enclosure with an underwater viewing window.
Sally first to enter the new seal enclosure
Otters The Otters were placed inside their new enclosure still inside the transportation cage, so they could take their time deciding what to do, it needed the Animal Care Team to encourage them to come out before they were brave enough to explore their new home.

Mum Summer came out first to explore their new home, she returned to tell her three boys Smartie, Yorkie and Twix - about the cosy holt, waterfalls, stream and dive pool!
Finally a lorry so big it only just fitted down the side of the Sanctuary arrived filled with large tanks containing hundreds of fish from London Aquarium, it was going to be a long night as gently the temperature of the water was matched to that of the Sanctuary´s tanks so the fish could go into their new homes. Lorry
So you can get a glimpse of the amazing day, here is a selection of photos below taken during the arrival the seals, penguins, otters, turtle, rays, etc., on 23rd September 2014 after a £3m clean up operation at Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary over the past 10 months.

Just click on the picture of your choice below to see a larger version. We took over 1600 photos of the day and whittled these down to only 45 for you to see for now.
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Members of the staff are on rota so that there is cover 24/7 at the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary, checking all the residents are ready for the re-opening on 16th October 2014.
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