News Update Spring 2013
Click here to watch the latest short video featuring some of the things you may see during your
next visit to Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary.
New for 2013 is the Clown Fish Kingdom. Dive into the amazing, colourful world of the clownfish. The beautiful sea creatures made famous in "Finding Nemo" come in many varieties.

During your next visit to the SEA LIFE Sanctuary, learn more about the incredible secrets of these charming characters and all of their friends.
Clown Fish Kingdom
When members of the Aquarist team arrived on the 7th April 2013, they discovered that a baby Brown Band Bamboo Shark (photo below) had hatched overnight; the baby Shark is in a tank along with a number of other juvenile Sharks. The baby Shark has been named Bambi.
a baby Brown Band Bamboo Shark
The other new arrival to hatch at the Sanctuary was a baby Guitar Shark (photo below), it has been named Monty!
Baby Guitar Shark named Monty
These totally amazing Northern Sea Nettles (Chrysaora melanaster) (photo below) can grow to a length of up to 60cm and can be found in the Pacific & Arctic Oceans. Click here to see a large photo of this.
Northern Sea Nettle
Just click here or on the picture of your choice below to catch up with some of the creatures at the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary.
Common Sunstar Lump Sucker Big Bellied Sea Horse Northern Sea Nettle North Sea and Ray Lagoon
Black coloured Clown Fish Puffer Fish Angela pointing out the Axoltl to this lovely family Aquarium Wolf Fish
Ernie, the spectacular Green Sea Turtle, has settled back into the refurbished Tropical Shark Tank. He currently weighs roughly 50kgs and loves to eat his greens.
Ernie, the Giant Sea Turtle
Ernie, the Giant Sea Turtle Tropical Shark Tank Tropical Shark Tank Tropical Shark Tank Tropical Shark Tank
Caimen Crocodiles
As you can see the Caimen Crocodiles are putting on lots of weight, they have now been at the Sanctuary for two years.
Caimen Crocodiles
Book a Birthday Party
For details about booking a Birthday Party for your children at the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary, please contact the centre on 01485 533576.

A "Princess" and her party stand by the seal pool at the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary.
Birthday Party
Adopt an Animal
A special way to honour a birthday, special occasion or to commemorate the life of a loved one, while supporting an important cause.

Why not adopt a creature and help to maintain first class animal care at the Hunstanton
SEA LIFE Sanctuary.

Please click here, send an email or call 01485 533576 for more details.
Save Money on Admission Tickets
Don´t forget to purchase your entrance tickets for single admission tickets, family tickets, group tickets, school bookings, etc., on-line in advance and Save Money.

Plus you can also purchase SEA LIFE Annual Passes and Merlin Annual Passes.

When you click here, it will take you through to Merlin Entertainments´ official Hunstanton
SEA LIFE Sanctuary website for the Best Price Guarantee.
Rescued Seal Pups
After the successful rescue and rehabilitation of Marge, who arrived at the seal hospital on 6th March 2013, it was decided that she was finally ready to be returned back to the wild and was released on 1st May 2013. Her flipper tag number is 060 (red).
Marge released back into the wild on 1st May 2013
Boris, a 6 months old rescued grey seal pup, arrived on 4th April 2013. He is currently recovering from a nasty case of lung worms and an ulcer on his eye.

Boris is in the hospital´s weaning pool. He may look cute in this picture but Jo, a member of the Aquarist team said that Boris is the most aggressive seal pup she has encountered this year!
Boris in the weaning pool
At the end of March, members of the Aquarist team arrived at the Sanctuary, to check on Joepi, as he hadn´t felt very well for a few weeks, sadly he passed away during the night. After a post-morten, it was found Joepi died of kidney failure.

There could be the pitter-patter of tiny feet in the coming weeks, Ellie has laid an egg, lets hope it is fertile, due to hatch on 23rd May, so fingers crossed. Ellie and her partner Beau, are taking it in turns to keep the egg warm in their nesting box for the 40 days it takes before hatching.
Ellie and Beau
Harvey (photo below) can be currently seen in the corner of the Penguin enclosure building a nest.
Please click here or on a picture of your choice below to see a larger photo.
Ellie and Beau Harvey Dimi, Charlie and Jess Jo feeding the penguins their favourite afternoon meal of sand eels Jo feeding the penguins
As you can see the Sanctuary has been very busy making some improvements to the Otter enclosure!   New viewing and covered areas in case it rains and even some new toys for the Otters.
Shelter from the rain!
Summer loves to smear her muddy paws across the windows after the staff have just cleaned.

The otters love to dance, the staff calls this the "Otter Jig".
Otters Kirsty and Jo feeding the Otters' windows Otters Otters Otters - Jo, the Aquarist, cleaning the Otters enclosure
Resident Seals
The Animal Care Team had been putting Miley´s medication tablets in the head of the fish, after watching her, they found out that she only eats the tail ends! Oh dear!

Tyne likes to show off and during feeding time likes to throw her fish up in the air and then catch it.
Jo handing a fish to Tyne
Sally is now 25 years old, Amber is 23 and the youngest of the three adult resident seals is 9 years old Tyne.
Jo handing a fish to Tyne Sally Jo feeding the resident seals Miley loves his fish Resident Seals
Seals in the Wild!
As we are coming into the Common Seals pupping season, the lovely Angela Rudd, who is the Retail Manager, if you have visited the Hunstanton
SEA LIFE Sanctuary you may well have been greeted by her, decided it was time to check on the local seal colony.

Angela and her family booked a boat trip to view the seals with Searles Sea Tours.
Seal Colony
Photo above was taken by Angela Rudd.
If You Discover a Seal Pup in the Wild!
The animal care team is on call around the clock to race to the rescue of seal pups in trouble anywhere around the coast. Back at the Sanctuary, pups receive expert veterinary care and are gradually weaned from a liquid diet to whole fish in the purpose built hospital. Then it´s to the outdoor pools to gain weight and build strength and stamina ready to resume life in the wild.
If you should discover a seal pup that seems to be in distress, or is alone, what you do next could mean the difference between life and death for the animal.

DO keep your distance;
DON´T attempt to handle the pup;
DON´T attempt to put the pup in the sea;
DON´T ignore the situation;
DO tell the appropriate organisation.
Seal Pup on Beach Call the
01485 533576
contact your nearest RSPCA officer.
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