Residents or Blackpool Tower Aquarium have had there homes peered into for the last time, generations of visitors have past through the doors of Blackpool Tower but now the fish have been removed in preparations for a new beginning. There new home will not be a short or regular visitors to accompany them, the huge South African pacu – one of the aquarium aquariums main attractions was taken out of Blackpool altogether and re-homed at Great Yarmouth, while the smaller fish took a short journey down the Promenade to the Merlin owned state-of-the-art Sea Life Centre.
Mick Bell, an aquarist at the Tower Aquarium, was charged with removing the pacu, turtles, trigger fish and the other inhabitants from there tanks in preparations for the journey along the Prom and to Great Yarmouth.
The larger fish were released into open top barrels, perched on trolleys, to transport them quickly to the waiting trucks while the smaller fish were scooped up in nets.
The public has become quite attached to the paco, so it will be good to see them in a good home, with bigger and nicer aquarium with bigger tanks.
We have had a few people that have donated in the past and we have had a lot of people come in, since we announced the news about the dungeon, to see if the fish will have a good home.
New owners Merlin Entertainments have recently acquired ownership and have different plans for the aquarium planning to turn the home of the 200 fish into Blackpool Dungeon, a brand new four floor attraction set to be opened in September 2011 as part of a £10m redevelopment.
The Tower Aquarium has been through a number of revamps in its time. After the early years of Dr Cocker Menagerie the original building was sold to make room for the construction of the Tower and since then it has been known as Undersea World, before being renamed as the Tower Aquarium in 1998.