A Third of Marine Animals in a Sea Life Centre Died Last Year

A third of marine animals at a Sea Life Centre in the UK died last year, as revealed by new figures obtained by the Marine Conservation Society. Sea Life is owned by Merlin Entertainments, with the parent company saying that they did everything in their power to avoid the loss of the animals.

Figures gathered by the BBC under Freedom of Information requests showed that 4,500 marine animals of different species died at eight Sea Life Centres across England between 2015 and 2016. In 2016 a “technically complex” water problem was the reason behind loss of life at the Great Yarmouth centre.

At the Great Yarmouth centre, there were 812 deaths out of the 2,293 animals at the centre in the year of 2015-16; which is more than a third of the animals kept there. DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), told the centre that information sent to the local authority could be “interrogated and analysed in a manner that may be detrimental to the company.”


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