News Update for Summer 2013
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Pirate and Princess Party
The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary held their annual Summer Party on Sunday 25th August 2013 and themed the day around Pirates and Princesses.

The day was a massive success with lots of people joining in to celebrate the day by enjoying all the Pirate themed games, including a coconut shy. Lots of Children got involved, dressing up as their favourite Pirate or Princess and taking part in the fancy dress competition.

The day managed to raise a massive £421 for Merlin´s Magic Wand, children´s charity too.
Pirate and Princess Pary
Rescued Pup
Staff at the Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary received their first call of the common seal pup season on 2nd July 2013. The initial call came in at 10.30am, and after a series of further phone calls, members of the animal care team headed out to the check on the pup at Silver Sands near the Caravan Park in Arisaig on the West Coast of Scotland. It was decided after assessing the pup that it should be taken back to the Sanctuary.
Murray
The pup was healthy but had been abandoned by his Mother, the Sanctuary´s animal care team gave him fluids for the first 24 hours and then started him on "fish soup" every four hours, including through the night! At the time of the pup´s rescue, he was about 4 days old and weighed only 7.8kgs.

This seal pup was named "Murray" in honour of Andy Murray´s Championship Tennis win at Wimbledon on 7th July 2013. Click here to read the press release.

We are very sorry to tell you that Murray, in spite of everyone´s best efforts, passed away. A post-mortem and subsequent histology report indicated that he was just too young when he came in, and lacking the essential anti-bodies that can only be passed on via a mother´s milk, to give him a fighting chance of survival. Common seals are much more dependent on these anti-bodies than their cousins the grey seals.

The Sanctuary´s Animal Care Team worked determinedly throughout the time he was in the hospital to provide Murray with regular feeds, giving him as much as his body could take without making him ill, and yet he simply failed to gain any weight. Their efforts, and the effects of a variety of medicines and vitamin supplements, unfortunately proved to no avail. As you can imagine, they were devastated when Murray slipped away.
Resident Seals
Lora still cannot make up her mind which pool she prefers during feeding time. Probably looking to see which member of staff has a fuller bucket of fish!
Lora on the wall
Interactive Touchpool
Gareth always enjoys making the interactive touchpool interesting to explore.

Interactive Touchpool
Gift Experience
In honour of our new Royal Prince, the Sanctuary would like to officially launch the "Afternoon Tea For Two gift experience package" for £30 only for Two.
Afternoon Tea for Two
You´ll begin this journey of discovery at the visitor´s centre where you´ll receive your Sanctuary guidebook from the helpful ticketing staff.

Then it´s time to get out and explore the incredible sites at the Sanctuary, from the seal pools to the Nutkins Nature Trail, from otter creek to hands on rock pool experience, there is plenty to keep you busy whatever the weather.

At any point during your day you can pay the Shore Line Coffee Shop a visit and help yourself to the fantastic range of food. Your afternoon tea for two voucher includes two hot drinks and two scrumptious handmade cakes!

Benefits include:-

-  Admission to the Sanctuary for two people;
-  Guidebook;
-  Two hot drinks and cakes of your choice;
-  Access to all of the displays, with talks
   and feeds throughout the day;
-  Your ticket will allow you to re-enter
   the Sanctuary within 7 days!

To Book: Call 01631 720386
Afternoon Tea
Forthcoming Events
As the summer draws to an end and children are starting to return to school in the UK, the Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary are looking ahead to forthcoming events...and one not to be missed is the Winter Wonderland Fun Day on 24th November 2013.

Following the success of the last two Winter Festivals, the centre will be holding another Fun Day with Bouncy Castles, Chainsaw Carving Demonstrations, Face Painting, Fun and Games throughout the Sanctuary and there is also a Santa Claus´s Grotto with the man himself making an appearance.
Winter Wonderland Fun Day on 24th November 2013
Walk for Whales
Walk for Whales took place on 30th June 2013 helping to raise awareness to stop commercial whaling. Members of the Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) and families had fun and walked for 3 miles to help to draw attention to the dangers these beautiful creatures face.

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society is a leading international charity dedicated to the worldwide conservation and welfare of whales and dolphins.

Photo below courtesy of The Oban Times.
Walk for Whales
Otters
Isla and Lewis can´t wait for feeding time.

Isla and Lewis
Aquarium
Lion Fish finds a new home. After growing so well all summer the Lion fish have now moved into their new home.

The cylinder tank in "weird and wonderful" has been undergoing some refurbishment work which was recently completed. The Lion fish have now joined the Moray eels, Pufferfish and Cowfish to bring the amazing centrepiece to life.

Click here to see a large photo of one of this Lion fish.
Lion Fish
Just click on a thumbnail of your choice below to catch up with some of the amazing creatures at the Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary.
Starry Smooth Hound Shark Wolf Fish Norway Lobster behind the scenes Ray

Nutkins Nature Trail
The Terry Nutkins Memorial Nature Trail, which was officially opened on 16th April 2013, is a winding half-mile walk through a sign-posted wooded landscape.

The Sanctuary are proud to name the new "Nature Trail" in Terry´s honour and hope it brings visitors a taste of the enjoyment and passion for our native wildlife that Terry helped inspire in countless thousands of young people during his life.
Nutkins Nature Trail
With stunning views of the Loch, look outs to check out the local wildlife and beautiful hand carved animals, The "Terry Nutkins Nature Trail" is a beautiful way to learn more about the animals we have right here in Scotland.

The trail is perfect for all the family to enjoy, whatever the weather and offers an education to all visitors who have a natural curiosity for wildlife, and provides the opportunity to learn about how species interact with each other as well as with us.
Nutkins Nature Trail
The trail also highlights the great conservation work which the Sanctuary does. During your next visit, check out some of the local resident´s favourite places to relax, from the red squirrel, to the herring and from the hedgehog to the badger, you are sure to see a wealth of Scotland´s diverse eco system on this short trail.

Station yourself in a waterside bird-watching hide and see how many species you can spot! Hides help you watch the wildlife whilst staying hidden from the animals, making them great for photography, and filming. Even better, unaware of your presence, the animals will normally stay for longer, meaning you have more time to watch them in their natural habitat. There are even benches for you to take in the stunning vista across the Loch.
Nutkins Nature Trail
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.
Click here for more details.

Creran Cook Book
Just to let you all know that the Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary have created their very own Creran Cook Book for only £3.00 (plus £1.99 for P&P).

This would make a great Birthday present.

If you would like to buy a copy, please send a cheque made payable to "The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary" for £4.99 including P&P or contact the centre direct on 01631 720386.
Creran Cook Book
Book a Birthday Party
Give your child a birthday to remember with an Exclusive SEA LIFE Party.

Take a guided tour around the SEA LIFE´s fantastic creature displays, followed by a birthday meal and gifts for everyone.

For more information click on the button below.
Birthday Party
If you Discover a Seal Pup in the Wild!
DO keep your distance - If the pup has a fluffy white coat it still needs it´s mother. She will only return to feed her pup when she feels it is safe to do so.

DON´T attempt to handle the pup - It is a wild animal, it may bite and can carry infectious diseases. The mother may reject the pup if it is handled.

DON´T attempt to put the pup in the sea - It may be out of the water for a good reason.

DON´T ignore the situation - If the pup is thin, injured or seems unwell (noisy breathing, coughing, runny nose) it probably needs help.
Seal Pup in the wild
DO tell an appropriate organisation - Telephone the Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary on 01631 720386 or your nearest SSPCA or RSPCA Officer. Wherever you live around the world, check out your nearest rescue organisation. Be ready to get help when you discover an injured animal.

Save Money on your Entrance 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 or on the button right, it will take you through to Merlin Entertainments´ official Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary website for the Best Price Guarantee.
BOOK YOUR TICKETS ONLINE