Aquarium on the hunt for a new home
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.