News Update January 2014

Happy New Year to you all

We have been travelling around the UK catching up with some of seals, fish, sharks, penguins, otters, etc., on vacation at other SEA LIFE Centres from the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary.

Visit to Scarborough SEA LIFE Centre
Amber, Tyne,
Pendle (photo right)
and Miley are currently on vacation at Scarborough SEA LIFE Centre.
Resident Seals
During feeding time we spotted Tyne straight away, as she likes to throw her fish up into the air and then catch it before eating. Click here to see a selection of photos on 17th January 2014.
Yorkie, Smartie, Skittle and Twix and their mum Summer are also on vacation at Scarborough.

Photo right is of Summer.
The Otters are enjoying their vacation with the extra special treats of peanuts. Click here to see a selection of photos.

Visit to Great Yarmouth SEA LIFE Centre
Dimi (photo right), Jess, Beau, Ellie, Harvey and Charlie
are at
Great Yarmouth
SEA LIFE Centre.
They are sharing the enclosure with Great Yarmouth´s resident Penguins, Mumbles, Pitcher, Woody, Ringo, Jerome,
Boomer and Rosie.   Click here to see a selection of photos taken on 24th January 2014.

Just click here or on a thumbnail of your choice below to see a selection of photos of Ernie - Green Sea Turtle (photo below), Bonnethead Shark and Black Tip Reef Sharks with some of the local residents of the Ocean Tank at Great Yarmouth.

Ernie, Turtle Hammerhead Shark Black Tip Sharks Guitar Shark Ernie and Noah Ernie
Click here
to see a larger photo (right)
of one
of the Thornback Rays in the Great Yarmouth SEA LIFE´s tanks.
Rays are one of the most graceful and beautiful creatures in the ocean. But watch out they can have a very strong bite. Rays live for a very long time and reproduce slowly. This means that they are often caught before they have a chance to breed.
Progress So Far

As you are aware Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary was submerged in sea water on 5th December 2013, since then the team have been working very hard to get the Sanctuary ready for the contractors to rebuild.

It is too early at the present time to issue a re-opening date, but if everything goes according to plan, the staff would hope to re-open the Sanctuary at the end of July 2014.
Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary

Wonder Woman
Kieran, Displays Supervisor, at the SEA LIFE Sanctuary received an email from Pierre-Yves, the Director at the Animal Protection League of Calais in France to say they had found a little common seal on 22nd January 2014 on the beach at Grand Fort Philippe in France and taken to their centre with a flipper tag number 90 which is Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman
Upon arrival at the centre in Calais, Wonder Woman weighed 22kgs. She looked very healthy and there were no injuries, we think she just got a bit lost and didn´t pick up feeding properly - she came in very young. We will keep you updated on Wonder Woman´s progress. Click here to see two further photos of her at the centre.

Pierre-Yves of the Animal Protection League Centre advised that they had released Superman back into the wild on 19th December 2013 with another seal.

If you find a
Seal in the Wild

Click here to find out what to do if you discover a seal pup that is in distress or alone, please...
DO keep your distance;
Do Not attempt to
handle the pup;
Do Not attempt to put the
pup in the sea;
Do Not ignore the situation;
Do tell the appropriate organisation.
Find a Seal in the Wild

We will keep you updated on the progress of the work in the coming weeks and months. So please keep checking this and the main news updates index page.

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