For over 50 years Manly Sea Life Sanctuary has been a place for excited children to come face-to-face with wild, wonderful creatures from the deep. From slow-moving but graceful giant turtles to flashing fins of sharks as they thrashed in a feeding frenzy, the underwater tunnel at Manly was a place of wonders.
Now, after long deliberation, Manly Sea Life Sanctuary has announced its closure.
“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.
There’s still time to visit the sanctuary before the doors close for the last time at the end of 2017, and after that the marine life like seals, sharks and stingrays will be moved into to new homes at SEA LIFE attractions in Australia.
“The transfer of our animals is a complex job that requires careful planning and management; our experts have safely transferred many animals in the past and we are confident we can ensure a successful relocation for every one of them, with transfers beginning from early next year.”
No doubt the venue has been a place of many fond memories for North Shore children, who were lucky to enjoy the gorgeous children’s rockpool where they could splash about and hold critters like starfish and sea anemones.
Visits also saw children entranced by the glowing tans of fluorescent fish in the entryway, eels gliding through clear waters and reptilian crocodiles and lizards montionless among the craggy rockfaces.
Upstairs, crowds of penguins ducked and dived to the cries of entranced children.
It’s a place beloved by many North Shore and Northern Beaches families, so make sure you return for a last visit to say goodbye and make a few extra memories.