The world’s oldest captive sea turtles, Lulu and Gulliver, returned to their home at Sea Life Brighton on Friday (May 17).
The aquarium has been undergoing a £2.7 million redevelopment, which will culminate in the launch of a new attraction Day & Night, opening on Friday (May 25).
Sea Life Brighton’s Day & Night will be the only British aquarium to highlight nocturnal marine life and will host the largest selection of sharks and rays in the country.
Gulliver and Lulu, who is 80 years old, have travelled across the UK, accompanied by specialist marine experts, from their temporary homes at Sea Life Blackpool and the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham respectively.
The turtles were originally rescued from America and came to Sea Life Brighton 20 years ago, after being nursed back to health at London Zoo. They then spent time at Sea Life Centres in Birmingham and Blackpool before retiring to their South Coast home.
Max Leviston, Sea Life general manager, said, “We are delighted to welcome Lulu and Gulliver back to Brighton. They are our much-loved turtles and we can’t wait to introduce them to their fantastic new home and our new attraction Day & Night.”
Sea Life Brighton was opened in 1872 and remains the world’s oldest operating aquarium, home to more than 3,500 sea creatures.
For more information, visit: www.visitsealife.com/brighton