Splashing Out on New Touch Pools!
We have made some changes to the aquarium's popular sea-lab area and touch pool!
Thanks to support from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (NESFLAG), Friends of Macduff Marine Aquarium and Live Life Aberdeenshire, we have installed a new interactive pool to replace the ageing touch pools and nursery in the sea-lab area. We have also improved the visual interpretation around the aquarium with the addition of some digital displays.
The recent works included removing the existing tanks in the sea-lab area, then undertaking some internal repairs and redecoration before the new tanks were installed. The new interactive pool was made by specialists in Weymouth andshipped up to Macduff on the back of a truck -after some shuffling and effort it finally fit through the doors and into place! It was then plumbed in and a specialist themer sculpted cement around the pools to look just like our local Macduff geology! It's looking fab.
A new shark hatchery tank to support our shark and ray breeding programme has been added, as well a cylindrical tank to make it easier for visitors to observe some of the more delicate creatures close up.
In addition, the funding has allowed us to improve our interpretation around the aquarium, and visitors should notice a few new digital displays that will help give a deeper understanding of the Moray Firth's amazing coast and marine life.
We're very excited to have been awarded the EMFF/NESFLAG grant and for the chance to upgrade the touch pools. We're delighted that the new pool has better accessibility for our visitors, but also rest areas for the animals on display. Our touch pool demonstrations will be enhanced by new underwater cameras which will give a close up view of the different critters.
We hope you like the changes!