Sea Life Sanctuary to re-open next week


Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary is to re-open to the public on October 16, 2014, ten months after it was wrecked by a tidal surge that swept the east coast of the UK.

Around 3,000 fish had to be evacuated from the Norfolk attraction after the sea breached defences on December 5 last year, flooding the building to a depth of more than a foot throughout, causing loss of power to vital life support systems, cracking windows and lifting tanks from their foundations.

Now the Sanctuary has been completely refurbished, at a cost of £3m, to include a new ray aquarium, re-themed displays in the Amazonia Area, an underwater seal viewing window, a new seal hospital and a new otter display complete with dive pool, running stream and waterfall.

The Fire Service came to the Sanctuary's rescue again and helped to fill the tanks last month, ready for the re-opening. Just as they were on hand on the night of the flood to pump the water out, they were able to do the opposite this visit!

The seafront attraction will be opened by BBC weather forecaster Michael Fish.