Watery world of wonder is re-opened at the Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton

10:09 27 October 2014

Sharks at Sea Life Sanctuary

Sharks at Sea Life Sanctuary


Get up close and personal with a world under water at Hunstanton’s Sea Life Sanctuary which is open again after being shut for 10 months where it was damaged in floods.

Ernie the turtle at Sea Life Sanctuary HunstantonErnie the turtle at Sea Life Sanctuary Hunstanton

The centre has been given a massive £3million make-over after being hit by the tidal surge that swept the country’s east coast in December last year.

Centre manager Nigel Croasdale said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be opening our doors again. Every display was stripped out and completely refurbished. This project has culminated in a brand new Sea Life Sanctuary.”

As part of the massive refurbishment programme the centre now hosts an underwater seal viewing area through an underwater glass window.

There is a new seal hospital which has been rebuilt with improved viewing of the seal pups and new isolation pens added for intensive care casualties.


There is a new modern ray tank with reversed curved glass to make sure guests get the full impact of the playful creatures.

There is a new otter display complete with dive pool, running stream and waterfall.

“We have also taken the opportunity to install a brand new lawn, although we’re not sure it will last long once the otters get their claws into it,” said Mr Croasdale.

The Amazonia area has been completely rethemed with a tank for children to pup up their heads into a dome in the middle of an Amazonian shoal of Piranha.

Feeding time for the penguinsFeeding time for the penguins

The interactive rockpool experience allows guests to get up close to rock pool creatures to hold a crab or touch a starfish, seal talks are daily at 11.30am and 2.30pm while the otter talks are at 11am and 2pm.

The penguin talk is at noon and 3pm with a turtle and shark talk at 1.30pm.

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