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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium reopens with additional health and safety measures

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium reopens with additional health and safety measures
May 13, 2020

In line with the New Zealand Government’s move to Alert Level 2, SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium has announced that it will reopen its doors to the public on Thursday 14th May with additional health and safety measures in place to ensure the welfare of guests, team members and animals.   

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s General Manager, Daniel Henderson advises “we are incredibly excited to welcome guests back to SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s after this period of closure. In order to ensure guests and team members feel comfortable visiting and working at the aquarium, we have implemented stringent health and safety measures, which will be subject to ongoing review and development.”

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s will move forward with a cashless approach and is requesting visitors pre-book their tickets online to guarantee entry. A capacity management process with session times will be implemented to comply with the Government’s conditions on gatherings.  Enhanced cleaning measures will be undertaken between each session and additional hygiene stations have been placed throughout the attraction. Appropriate social distancing controls are in place for queues, café tables and viewing areas.  

Henderson added “our essential services team has continued to work throughout the closure to ensure all of our sea creatures remained happy, healthy and well-fed, and to prepare for our reopening. The team has missed the daily in-person interactions with guests, however, we have been posting regular updates on social media to continue inspiring people to love the ocean and its inhabitants.”

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s reopening comes ahead of World Turtle Day on Saturday 23rd May, which raises awareness of the dangers facing sea turtles in the wild and their need for protection and conservation. Plastic pollution is a major threat to sea turtles as they often mistake plastic for food resulting in starvation, poisoning and fatal stomach blockages.

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s is currently home to two rescued sea turtles that are undergoing treatment in the aquarium’s Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, which has recently been upgraded thanks to a generous contribution from Countdown Supermarkets.

One of these turtles is a loggerhead turtle named Kibou, which was found on Muriwai Beach in 2019. The juvenile turtle was found with a large infected wound and its health since undergoing treatment. Kibou is now in the Turtle Bay display at the aquarium and the team is hoping to be able to release it back into the ocean in 2021.  

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s is also home to a colony of King and Gentoo penguins, a range of sharks and rays, thousands of fish and many other fascinating sea creatures.

Yesterday commenced a 24 hour offer of 50% discount on admissions tickets and Annual Passes.

For more information go to www.kellytarltons.co.nz  

Image top: SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Admission Screen in place; image centre Kibou the turtle and image above of Sand Tiger Shark. All images courtesy of SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s

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