Pupils welcome new resident to Hunstanton Sea Life centre

The shark tank at Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary has been reopened after a major refit including new glass and dinosaur skeleton. Black Tip Reef shark.

The shark tank at Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary has been reopened after a major refit including new glass and dinosaur skeleton. Black Tip Reef shark.

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A group of school children took a journey back to prehistoric times when they unveiled a newly refurbished attraction at Hunstanton’s Sea Life Sanctuary this week.

The youngsters, who attend Hunstanton Infant and Redgate Junior schools respectively and are members of their young conservators panel, formally re-opened the site’s ocean display tank on Tuesday.

The shark tank at Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary has been reopened after a major refit including new glass and dinosaur skeleton. Centre manager Nigel Croasdale cuts the ribbon with pupils from Redgate Junior and Hunstanton Infants schools. Headteacher Nigel Harvey is at the back.

The shark tank at Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary has been reopened after a major refit including new glass and dinosaur skeleton. Centre manager Nigel Croasdale cuts the ribbon with pupils from Redgate Junior and Hunstanton Infants schools. Headteacher Nigel Harvey is at the back.

The tank has undergone a £250,000 revamp and its newest resident will help to take visitors on a journey back 100 million years.

Nigel Croasdale, the centre’s general manager, said: “They will see not only a variety of sharks, shoaling fish and our green sea turtle, but a full-size replica skeleton of a prehistoric pliosaur called a kronosaurus.”

The kronosaurus, from the cretaceous period was one of the largest dinosaurs of its type.

Following on from the re-opening of the tank, the children will create their own models and displays of ocean dinosaurs, for display in the centre’s education room.

Headteacher Nigel Harvey said it had been a “fantastic opportunity” for the children to take part in the reopening of the 0cean display tank..

 

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