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Oceanarium, The Bournemouth Aquarium is excited to expand its range of interesting exhibits by introducing a guitarfish and two Cownose stingrays to its collection in time for May half-term. In the months of planning and thanks to a successful collaboration with SEA LIFE London, it was agreed between the two aquariums – both associated as BIAZA members – that now Zebby the Zebra shark had outgrown his tank at Oceanarium, it would be appropriate to transfer the majestic creature into a bigger habitat at SEA LIFE London. Going the other way are Seamore, their Blackchin Guitar fish and the two Cownose stingrays, Trick and Treat, who are now resident at the Oceanarium.

As well as providing a much a larger long-term home for Zebby, it is also hoped that this extra space will allow potential for breeding this endangered species. Zebby is now calling SEA LIFE London Aquarium’s Ocean Tank home, settling in with fellow aquatic species including Football the Pufferfish, and Dougie and Boris, the attraction’s Green Sea Turtles.

Oliver Buttling, Oceanarium Curator said: “The arrival of the Guitar fish and Cownose stingrays marks the completion of a rigorous project which we have been working on for many months. The collaboration between the Oceanarium and SEA LIFE London has been really exciting and we are delighted to extend these species at Bournemouth as part of our commitment to sustaining animal wellbeing and promoting biodiversity through the variety of creatures on display.”

Visitors to the Oceanarium can now find the new additions in the Key West exhibit, at the end of their journey. The Key West display is one of the most popular amongst visitors and alongside pufferfish, triggerfish and Epaulette sharks, the addition of the Cownose stingrays and Guitar fish offers something new and exciting for everyone to see.

Open daily from 10am, visitors to the Oceanarium can save when buying tickets online in advance.

For more information about the Oceanarium – The Bournemouth Aquarium and to keep up to date with news and special offers please visit www.oceanarium.co.uk

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