It’s been a iconic family attraction in Manly for 50 years but sadly, the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary has announced it will be closing its doors at the end of this year.
“We have made the difficult decision to announce our intention to close the facility when its lease expires in the summer of 2017,” a press release from company Merlin Entertainment reads.
Divisional director at the centre is quoted as saying recently that the business is no longer viable in the ageing building that houses the attraction.
There can’t be many Northern Beaches Families who’ve not visited the Sanctuary over the last 50 years and enjoyed coming face to face with it’s wild and wonderful underwater world with everything from graceful giant turtles to scary sharks in the underwater tunnel and the always popular penguins.
The site is currently home to more than 100 sharks and rays, 2000 fish, 19 penguins and 11 reptiles. There also 500 invertebrates, including octopuses, at the venue and it’s been confirmed that all the sea creatures will be safely relocated to other aquariums owned by the attractions parent company, Merlin Entertainments Group.
Additionally, around 40 staff members employed at the Sanctuary will be relocated to “other areas of our business”, Mr Smith said.
The Sanctuary will remain open until the end of this year so there’s still time to visit and say goodbye to all your favourite marine creatures and have one last photo taken with Ariel. So start planning your next visit soon so you don’t miss out.