Splashing Out on New Touch Pools!
This September will see some changes to the aquarium's popular sea-lab area and touch pools. The ageing touch pools and nursery are going to be replaced with a new interactive pool and separate tanks will be installed for the shark and ray eggs as well as delicate invertebrates.
Thanks to support from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (NESFLAG), Friends of Macduff Marine Aquarium and Live Life Aberdeenshire, we will be installing a new interactive pool to replace the ageing touch pools and nursery in the sea-lab area. We will also be improving visual interpretation around the aquarium with the addition of some digital displays.
The works start at the beginning of September. We will first have to remove the existing tanks in the sea-lab area, then undertake some internal repairs and redecoration before the new tanks can be installed. The new interactive pool is being made by specialists in Weymouth and will be shipped up to Macduff on the back of a truck - fingers crossed it will fit through the front doors! It will then have to be plumbed in and themed on site.
A new tank to support our shark and ray breeding programme will also be 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. The new pool will have improved accessibility for our visitors, but will also allow 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.
The aquarium will remain open during the works - which will be completed in time for the October school holidays. We do ask everyone to please bear with us while there is some disruption to the normal visitor flow around the building, as the sea lab area will be sectioned off. There will be temporary touch pools set up in the meantime.