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New otter pup at Exploris Aquarium
Otterly Beautiful, as Exploris Otter Family Continue to Grow
Tue 2nd January 2018

Exploris Aquarium & Seal Sanctuary is delighted to confirm that our family of Asian Small-Claw Otter’s has had a new addition to their family.

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Lobster Collection at Exploris Aquarium
Lobsters are One in a Million at Exploris Aquarium
Mon 11th December 2017

Our white lobster is effectively an Albino, lacking any ability to produce any pigmentation.  The white that we see is the natural colour of the shell.  Most crustaceans produce a shell made from calcium carbonate (limestone) which is white in appearance.

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Hans and Albert epic journey to the North Coast
Seals Epic Journey To The North Coast
Wed 29th November 2017

Exploris Aquarium along with support from DAERA and the Conservation Team at the Coastal Zone in Portrush will release 2 seals (Albert and Hans) into Ballintoy during a low tide to give them the best start to their new life in the wild.

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Tourism NI award Exploris Aquarium a five star visitor attraction rating
SEAL OF APPROVAL FOR EXPLORIS AQUARIUM & SEAL SANCTUARY AHEAD OF HALLOWEEN’S ‘FISHY GOINGS ON’
Wed 25th October 2017

Tourism NI has awarded Northern Ireland’s only aquarium and seal sanctuary a five star visitor attraction rating.

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HRH, Duke of Kent welcomes 150,000 visitor to Exploris Aquarium
Sat 22nd July 2017

Exploris Aquarium, Portaferry enjoyed a double celebration today (20 July 2017) when it welcomed its 150,000 visitor during an official visit from HRH, The Duke of Kent. The hugely popular Aquarium has enjoyed an incredibly successful year of operation since it reopened to the public in August 2016 following a £1.5M refurbishment. Funding was provided…

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Common Seals George and Teacake who were successfully released back into Strangford Lough as part of last season’s programme
Exploris talks ‘common’ sense at the ‘common’ seal pupping season
Wed 5th July 2017

We are now in the ‘common seal’ pupping season. Do you know what the correct protocols are in the event that you encounter a potential sick or injured seal?

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French Angelfish
World Ocean Day Weekend
Fri 9th June 2017

Join us at Exploris Aquarium will be celebrating World Ocean Day for a whole weekend from Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th June to celebrate our fabulous marine creatures and habitats.

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Tennant Family From Ballymena buy the 100,000 ticket at Exploris Aquarium
100,000 Welcomes At Exploris
Mon 3rd April 2017

On Sunday 2 April, Exploris Aquarium welcomed its 100,000th visitor to the attraction since it re-opened to the public on 15 August 2016.

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New Baby Otter
Puppy Love at Exploris
Mon 20th February 2017

Exploris Aquarium are delighted to announce the exciting arrival of a new Asian Small-Claw Otter pup, the first to be bred in captivity in Northern Ireland to Sungari and Bourbon, our two captive-bred Asian Otters.

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NI Science Festival 2017
Exploris hosts events as part of NI Science Festival 2017
Tue 31st January 2017

To celebrate NI Science Festival Exploris is hosting a series of events and activities to engage and captivate our visitors on The Natural World! Friday 17 – Sunday 19 February 2017.

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