News Update - October 2008

Residents Seals and Rescued Seal Pups

All the rescued common seal pups have been moved into the big outdoor pool, where they joined Sally (right), Amber, Tyne and Sherbet. Floss, Corn, Spotty and little Albert are all doing well and have been busy playing with each other. Floss has put on a lot of weight and found a new best mate in Sherbet. The two of them are always up to some mischief.
Sally our resident common seal with the pups in the outside pool
One of our rescued common seal pups in the outside pool Corn and Spotty (Pop) have been very cheeky this week and tried to steal all the fish thrown into the pool for the residents. The animal care team was busy trying to stop them from eating too much. Albert has finally joined everybody else in the big pool and has settled very well. He is having lots of fun sneaking up behind the animal care team at feeding times to get some extra fish out of the bucket. He must have learned that trick from Sherbet, who used to do that when he was a pup.
Otters

Otto and his brothers definitely do not like the rain! The boys have been hiding in their holt for most of the rainy days. Only at feeding time, we could see them poking their noses out of their comfy and warm house. As it is getting cold now, not only during the night, we installed a heat lamp in the otter holt, so the boys are kept nice and warm during the winter.
Our Otters

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major (left) with Rob (middle) and Anya (right) Aquarium

Everything stopped for a little while when the Former Prime Minister Sir John Major and his family paid the Sanctuary a surprise visit. He enjoyed his walk round the sanctuary and was impressed by our new seal rescue centre.

Photo - Sir John Major (left) with Rob (middle) and Anya (right).
Apart from John Major's visit, lots have been happening in the aquarium since winter has arrived. The animal care team has been busy doing routine winter maintenance and has re-themed the majority of the tanks. The nursery wall in the Marine Hospital has been given a new face and was covered in wood cladding to make it look nicer.

Earlier this month, we had some new red belly piranhas arrive which look great in their tank and have settled well.
Aquarium
a young Bonnet Head Shark Our new big belly seahorses have settled well and we are now hoping for some offspring.

The sharks are doing well, our bonnet head shark (left) and the rescued little black tip reef shark have made new friends and look like the settled well into their new home too.
Penguins

The penguins finally finished moulting and do all look fantastic in their new coat. They have been enjoying the rare hours of sunshine in the last couple of weeks. Arnold and Lola are still protecting their stone egg and Beau has fallen in love with one of our work experience girls.
One of our penguins
Beau, one of our penguins One day, we will find Beau (left) a suitable girlfriend and hopefully he will fall in love as quickly as he does at the moment.

Apart from that, not a lot has happened at the Penguin sanctuary, everything is getting quiet as we prepare for a cold winter.
Other News...This photo was taken after our defib training session earlier this month; we were the first Sea Life Sanctuary in the UK to have a defibrillator available.
Photo (l to r) Ian - Member of East of England Ambulance Service and one of the trainer´s, Rob - Aquarist, Harry - Cashier and FOH Assistant, Nigel - Attractions Manager, Matt - Aquarist, Andrew - Member of East of England Ambulance Service and one of the trainer´s, Mandy - Retail Supervisor, Anya - Operations Manager and Kirsty - Aquarist.
This photo was taken after our defib training session in October 2008
This photo was sent in by Julie and Dave from Belper in Derbyshire Visitor's Photo Gallery...If you have any photos of your visit to the Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary that you would like to submit to the gallery, please email them to us. To view our Visitor's Photos Gallery Click here.

Did you know...Our leaflet is still available to download from the visitor's information page.
And Finally...This month we launched our new Web Gift Shop, where you will find lots of cuddly and fluffy animals.

For more details, please click on this link.
Web Gift Shop
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