Residents of Sea-Damaged Norfolk Sanctuary
Re-Homed Across the Country

More than 3,000 fish, seals, penguins and other sea creatures have been settled into new temporary homes from flood-ravaged Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary.

Damage is still being assessed, but includes extensive water-logging and some serious structural damage.

Repairs and "drying out" are likely to take many weeks.
Otter enclosure
Ernie, Green Sea Turtle The seals and otters - five of each - were the last to leave the Sanctuary on 9th December 2013, and are now happily settled at Scarborough SEA LIFE Centre.

Great Yarmouth SEA LIFE is caring for an extra six Humboldt penguins, a green sea turtle, several tropical sharks and a variety of fish...while other evacuees have been relocated in London and Weymouth.
"At the end of what was a mammoth operation involving the fire brigade and Sea Life staff from across the country, the casualty list amounted to fewer than 30 fish," said general manager Nigel Croasdale.

"These were mainly small or old fish which had been least able to withstand the drop in temperature which followed the loss of power we suffered when the sea crashed into the building on Thursday night," he added.
Title "The staff are sad and upset about each and every one of them, but also relieved that we managed to save the vast majority of our residents."

The evacuation began Friday morning (6th December 2013), with marine experts from as far afield as Blackpool, Weymouth and Alton Towers pitching in to capture and move creatures ranging from sharks to crocodiles.
"It was a fantastic team effort, and the spirits of everyone involved were buoyed by the incredible support we received from the local community," said Nigel.

"People were turning up bringing flasks of tea and coffee and sandwiches and offering to help."
Flasks of tea and coffee

Press Release issued by the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary
For more information contact: Mark Oakley 01202 440040
Date: 10th December 2013

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