The Aquarium is Open Again
The Sea Môr aquarium at Goodwick is open again. The Sea Trust team has been hard at work getting the Ocean Lab into “tiptop Covid-19 shape”. The whole place has been deep-cleaned, there is a screen at the till, plus two-metre distance stickers, hand sanitiser at the entrance, and staff all wearing a mask or visor. The Trust says this ensures that staff and guests are as safe as they can be. To visit the aquarium a time slot must now be booked on the Sea Trust website :
Just before the lockdown, volunteers Ken and Brad worked hard to get the aquarium looking fresh with a new lick of paint. In the last month Lloyd has been collecting lots of different species to fill the aquarium. They reckon the aquarium has never looked better.
The Trust says: “Junes surveys were a bit special with a lot of different unusual sightings from Strumble Head. We even managed to see what we call the Big Five: minke whales, porpoise, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and Risso’s dolphins. We even had a short influx of sunfish for a week or two – some were much larger than we normally see too. The minkes also put on a show, sticking around for a few hours and sometimes surfacing less then 100m away. We felt it was a greeting of return to Strumble from some of our favourite marine wildlife after a long, forced break.
“July’s surveys have been pretty slow with no huge amounts of porpoise, but they have been very productive. Lots of identified porpoise have been re-sighted – which is a great result and vital for the continuation of the porpoise photo ID project. There is often a member of the team at Strumble head two hours either side of high tide in good weather, especially on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday when the aquarium is not open.
“Unfortunately we still can’t take volunteers due to Covid-19 restrictions. We hope this will change as of September but can’t be certain. Any headland with some tide running past is likely to have porpoise at some point and any photos you manage to get could be very useful to the project.
“If you spot any porpoise or any other cetaceans, it would be a great help if you could post it on our Facebook sightings group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/545573509378069.”
Sea Trust Wales is a charity committed to studying and raising awareness of local marine wildlife. It is based at the Ocean Lab building in Goodwick, Pembrokeshire.
You now have to book online for an aquarium tour. For more information about the tour and to book your tickets please go to the Booking Information page.
Initially opening will be from Fridays to Mondays. There is a maximum of eight people per tour. Tickets for the whole of August have been released.
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