Lancaster care home residents and staff enjoy virtual underwater tour of Sea Life London Aquarium

Staff and residents at Laurel Bank care home in Lancaster were treated to a virtual tour of the wonderful underwater world of Sea Life London Aquarium, hosted by senior curator James Wright and his expert team.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 3:45 pm

Sea Life London Aquarium is home to more than 300 species and 4,000 creatures, including Gentoo Penguins, Sea Turtles and Seahorses, which are cared for by its dedicated team of 15 Aquarists.

The shark tank alone is one million litres in volume and six metres deep and is home to five species of sharks – Sand Tigers called Bungle and Zippy, a Grey Reef Shark, Nurse Sharks, Tawny Nurse Shark and a shiver of Black Tip Reef Sharks as well as a Bowmouth Guitarfish called Betty.

James’ presentation featured getting up close and personal with Sea Life London Aquarium’s colony of Gentoo Penguins, residents were able to watch feeding time for Green Sea turtles and numerous sharks!

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The penguins at Sea Life London Aquarium.

James said: “It was wonderful to be able to show the Barchester residents some of the fantastic creatures we have at Sea Life London Aquarium, we are very proud of the work our brilliant teams do. We were just so happy to be able to share our beautiful world beneath the waves with them.”

Lucy Tomlinson, resident experience manager for Barchester Healthcare, said: “We have been using technology to keep our residents and patients connected with their loved ones as well as offer virtual events, entertainment and activities throughout the pandemic.

"We are excited to work with our amazing partners like Sea Life London Aquarium to bring a wide range of fantastic experiences into our homes for all to enjoy, particularly as this talk provided such a lovely opportunity to see so many different animals and learn all kinds of fascinating facts about them.

“Our varied life enrichment programme keeps residents active and socially connected, providing a daily choice of engaging physical, mental and spiritual activities tailored to residents’ interests and abilities.”

Sand tiger shark at Sea Life London Aquarium.

General manager, Lyndsey Scott said: “Our residents love finding out about new things and they are all especially interested in animals so we were delighted to be able to watch this presentation.

"We had so many questions, it was brilliant to be able to ask James and his team all about their experiences of working with the different creatures.”

Sea Life London Aquarium is gearing up to reopen to guests on May 17 in line with the Government’s proposed roadmap out of lockdown.