Monster facelift for Sea Life centre

Lowering the Shark Godheads into place at the Sea Life Centre, Blackpool.
Lowering the Shark Godheads into place at the Sea Life Centre, Blackpool.
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ONE of Blackpool’s most popular attractions has had a facelift – literally.

But anyone who came back from the cosmetic surgeons with this gruesome image, might be asking for their money back.

Millions of pounds has been invested to improve the Sea Life Centre, including the already hugely popular shark tunnel.

And it was all hands on deck as two Shark Godheads were delivered to the Promenade venue this week, to be installed at the entrances to the ocean tank tunnel.

Sea Life Blackpool’s general manager Jenn Newton told The Gazette: “This is a real landmark for us, this project has been in the planning for more than 12 months and to see it all coming together is fantastic.

“The new god heads are incredible and we can’t wait for our visitors and fish to meet them.”

Sea Life has already fitted 7,600kg of specially created glass in the viewing room to ensure crystal-clear viewing of tropical sharks for visitors.

The centre’s old favourites, including Betty the bowmouth guitar shark and the black tip and white tip reef sharks, will be joined by a number of new species when the tunnel reopens at Easter.

Jenn added: “The glass is amazingly clear and will really help visitors experience what goes on under the sea.

“For the past 23 years, the ocean tank in Blackpool has been wowing visitors from around the country.

“We hope this new ocean tank experience will help to create amazing new memories.”

In the meantime the centre’s collection of more than 300 tropical fish are holidaying in the Victoria Pier tank.

Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for tourism and culture said: “It’s fantastic to see the Sea Life Centre investing in improvements to keep their offering to visitors fresh.”

The new ocean tank experience will launch at Easter 2013, check out the Sea Life Centre Blackpool Facebook page for regular updates, images and videos.

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