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Living Coasts

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Living Coasts based in Torquay is the UK’s only Coastal Zoo and is home to a fantastic array of marine species including South American fur seals, African penguins, macaroni penguins, stingrays, tufted puffins and puffer fish. This is an exciting, easy-to-reach educational experience in the middle of Torquay. The aquarium is arranged over many different levels, allowing visitors not only the chance to enjoy a walk-through exhibit with free-flying sea birds and free-roaming penguins, but also the opportunity to observe auks, seals and penguins under water.

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Overall Living Coasts is a marine conservation centre that funds many projects abroad and is more utilitarian than other zoos, its worth bearing in mind that while they encourage visitors their main focus is on furthering their conservation work and the centre is unlike other zoos. Living Coasts is a Top 10 UK Attraction, so with all this in mind it is well worth a visit next time you are in Torbay
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Five Living Coast Facts

  1. Living Coasts opened to the public on 14 July 2003, and is now visited by over 100,000 visitors a year.
  2. The aviary, which cost £7 million to build, is 19 metres (62 ft) at its highest point and has a total volume of 1.8 million cubic feet (51,000 m3).
  3. Aquarium tanks  inside the aviary have a total capacity of 1,214 cubic metres.
  4.  The Living Coasts Dive Experience which allows you to be underwater with penguins.
  5. The aviary was the first open-air auk  exhibit in the world.


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