Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium in partnership with the animal charity Pawz For Thought has created this rescue centre to provide emergency care for stranded seal pups and other marine life. The Marine Rescue Centre provides a purpose-built rescue facility for sick, injured and abandoned seal pups as well as other marine life. Blue Reef has been working closely with Pawz for thought for over 10 years to provide immediate rescue for seal pups.
During this period, over 200 Seals have been rescued. Once stabilised the rescued seals are then transferred by the RSPCA to their Wildlife Centre in Norfolk.
Due to the success of this initiative and a growing demand for additional care and support the aquarium decided to create a permanent, purpose-built rescue facility.
The facility has eight main areas. Three enclosures are dedicated for marine and general animal holding. Two additional enclosures are of multi-function design and can be easily converted in to one large flotation pool. There is also an area for veterinary inspection and two preparation areas for the dietary and medication requirements of all animals.
The building has been carefully planned to accommodate up six seal pups with holding areas to facilitate more as required.