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Penguins could be on way to yarmouth

PUBLISHED: 17:31 17 November 2008 | UPDATED: 12:18 03 July 2010

THEY are more used to swimming in the seas off South America - but now eight penguins could be waddling their way to Yarmouth's beach.

The resort's Sealife Centre has applied to build a £200,000 penguin enclosure to house four breeding pairs of Humboldt penguins.

THEY are more used to swimming in the seas off South America - but now eight penguins could be waddling their way to Yarmouth's beach.

The resort's Sealife Centre has applied to build a £200,000 penguin enclosure to house four breeding pairs of Humboldt penguins.

If approved by Yarmouth Borough Council the new 140sq ft attraction could be open in time for Easter and is expected to draw even more visitors curious to see the water loving birds.

The seafront outdoor enclosure will include a swimming pool and nest boxes and will be netted off to prevent anyone going near the eight penguins.

It will be built on part of the Marine Parade site's current car park and will create two jobs.

The enclosure scheme was submitted after visitor surveys revealed that people would like to see penguins added as an attraction.

Manager Mike Salt said: “We are all very excited about these plans and I am sure the penguins will prove to be very popular.”

When the enclosure is built the four pairs of penguins will be moved from their current home in a Sealife Centre in Weymouth.

Earlier in the year the Yarmouth centre added a new exhibition of hundreds of exotic and poisonous jellyfish.


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