News Update March 2014
Progress So Far

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

Just click here or on a thumbnail of your choice below to see a selection of photos taken of the progress so far.
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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.

Here is a message from the staff at Hunstanton posted on facebook on 5th March 2014.

"Thank you for all your kind words and support during this very difficult period! We thought you would all like a sneak peak at the work which is being carried out following the flood in December.

The water reached 3 foot deep in the building, and the Seal Hospital and outdoor enclosures were badly affected too.

After rescuing as much equipment as possible the team and contractors have been busy deconstructing the Sanctuary to allow us to thoroughly clean ready for drying.

The team are also busy designing some amazing new displays to go in and we´re sure it´ll be better than before when we reopen!"
Penguins, Ellie and Beau, have settled in so well at Great Yarmouth SEA LIFE Sanctuary that they have laid an egg! Ellie, one of the Penguins, currently at Great Yarmouth Sea Life Sanctuary
Finger´s crossed this year the egg is fertile!
The above photo of Ellie was taken on 22nd January 2014
at Great Yarmouth SEA LIFE Sanctuary.
Interesting Facts

Rays are one of the most graceful and beautiful creatures in the ocean. But watch out they can have a very strong bite!

They live for a very long time and reproduce slowly. This means that they are often caught before they have a chance to breed.

Click here to see a larger photo of below.
Interesting Facts about Rays
Rays hide themselves in the sand, leaving only their eyes clear to spot food or danger.

Ray babies stay in their egg cases for up to 12 months.

Egg cases are deposited in pairs on the sea floor.

Click here to reveal a photo of the egg cases and what they are called.

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

Update - 18th March 2014
Here is an update and some photos from the staff at Hunstanton which was posted on the facebook page on 18th March 2014.

"The drying process is also starting this week! The clean up crew have done an amazing job, along with our builders, they´ve thoroughly cleaned and sterilised the main building.
Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary
As you all know there´s more to our Sanctuary than meets the eye - the guys have even removed bricks from the tank supports to thoroughly clean underneath them!!
Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary
To see larger photos of these, please click on a photo of your choice.
The site has been tented and the heaters are now filling the building with very hot air to dry everything out! This process will take three weeks and then the exciting rebuild can start inside!

That´s not to say we´re taking a break though! Our quarantine facility is under reconstruction, the seal hospital has a team working hard on it, and the pirate ship is being sanded back ready for repainting.
Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary
Our management team and designers are also hard at work making sure we will be better than ever when we reopen!"
Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary

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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