Aquar­ium on the hunt for a new home

Kaikoura Star - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JEF­FREY KITT

An aquar­ium that had to re­lease its quake sur­vivors into the big blue is on the hunt for a new lo­ca­tion in Kaik­oura.

The Kaik­oura Marine Cen­tre and Aquar­ium has been closed in­def­i­nitely since its roof caved in dur­ing the 7.8-mag­ni­tude dis­as­ter in Novem­ber.

Half of its an­i­mals were killed in the earthquake, while a power cut meant the rest had to be re­leased back into the ocean.

Di­rec­tor Janelle White said the mal­func­tion of pumps forced the aquar­ium to re­lease the sur­viv­ing cray­fish, paua, scor­pion fish, oc­to­pus and more.

‘‘It was heart­break­ing. We had to make a de­ci­sion to ei­ther re­lease them or leave the poor things to die,’’ she said. dam­aged as­bestos roof made the former site un­suit­able, White said.

Build­ings for use were few and far be­tween, but White said she hoped a new lo­ca­tion would be avail­able.

‘‘It’s been a roller­coaster, but we’re op­ti­mistic,’’ she said.

The aquar­ium was in­sured but ne­go­ti­a­tions were still on­go­ing for cov­er­age, White said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the aquar­ium, visit their Face­book.

The Kaik­oura Marine Cen­tre and Aquar­ium re­mains closed at Wakatu Quay.

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