Scot­tish Sea Life Sanc­tu­ary set to close

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

The Scot­tish Seal­ife Sanc­tu­ary in Bar­cal­dine, near Oban, will close its doors on Oc­to­ber 31 un­less a buyer is found.

The much-loved Oban­based at­trac­tion, which opened in 1979, will be open to the pub­lic un­til Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 31 to care for crea­tures and welcome guests.

Work is start­ing to trans­fer the crea­tures in the care of the sanc­tu­ary to other cen­tres in the UK with the help of vets, marine bi­ol­o­gists and lo­gis­tics ex­perts to en­sure the well-be­ing of all the an­i­mals.

On its Face­book page The Scot­tish Sea Life Sanc­tu­ary posted: ‘Af­ter com­pre­hen­sively re­view­ing ev­ery pos­si­ble op­tion, there isn’t a vi­able way to sus­tain the sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment that is re­quired to keep the sanc­tu­ary open.

‘This was an enor­mously tough de­ci­sion which has been reached with a heavy heart and with the ut­most con­sid­er­a­tion.

‘We’d like to say a huge thank you to all our staff who have been in­cred­i­bly un­der­stand­ing and have shown amaz­ing com­mit­ment and team work over the years. We also want to thank all our won­der­ful guests for their sup­port.’

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