Now the centre is closed for the winter, it was time to set the creatures from the tanks free back into the sea. Five dedicated soles came to scoop out creatures, clean pumps, pump out the water and scoop out the sand. The fish, crabs and lobster all got a feed of prawns before getting fished out and released off the pier. It took a while to catch many of the little fish in the touch tank, they were so quick to dodge the net!
Our lobster of the season
The Centre will now be closed until June 2015. We will hopefully have some talks and other events on over the winter. We will also be very busy organising and planning for next year and development for the future.
This is a blog of natural history notes maintained and moderated by members of the management committee of the INHT: Fiona MacGillivray, Martin Armstrong, David Webster, Andrew Kent, Isobel Freeman, Bernard Hannett, Danielle Vessey and Alistair Hutchison, and our Centre Managers, Mandy and Gary.
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Fiona MacGillivray, Chairperson
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