Penguin enclosure re-vamp

St Andrews Aquarium’s waddle of Humboldt penguins have been settling into their new surroundings after an exciting redevelopment by one of the UK’s leading aquarium theming companies. The new £50,000 enclosure boasts being the ‘newest and best in the UK’ and the penguins – and their aquarium friends – have given it their seal of approval.

The enclosure is now home to the aquarium’s six resident penguins, who were all named after Andy Murray and members of his family after a public competition and have even been given the nod from the Murray’s themselves after a visit from Judy in 2013. St Andrews Aquarium offer a popular penguin feeding experience, giving visitors the chance to learn all about the penguins, prepare their food and step inside the enclosure for a unique and unforgettable experience.

John Mace, Managing Director of St Andrews Aquarium, commented:

“We’re delighted by the transformation of our penguin enclosure at St Andrews Aquarium and it’s been great to see the penguins enjoying their new home. The exciting redevelopment, as well as the addition of our new tropical zone ‘The Reef’, means that even if you’ve visited the Aquarium before there will be lots more to see over the October break!”

Humboldt’s are medium-sized penguins and are around 60cm in height and around 4-5kg in weight. Originating from South America, their numbers have been in steady decline over the past decade due to over fishing, habitat destruction and climate change.

The redesign of the penguin enclosure comes during the latest wave of refurbishments for St Andrews Aquarium. In Spring, the aquarium opened ‘The Reef’, after enlisting the help of leading European aquarium company Aquarium Technology Ltd and splashing out £30,000 to reproduce the look of tropical waters using replica corals and imitation rocks, with displays that create the feel of walking through a reef.

St Andrews Aquarium welcomes new seal pup called Luna

After the sudden and tragic death of visitor favourite Laurel and young harbour seal, Leif, earlier this year, St Andrews Aquarium have welcomed a new common seal pup, Luna, to the aquarium family. 10-month-old Luna travelled 1,286 miles across Europe by car to his new home after Kattegatcentret Aquarium in Grena, Denmark contacted the Fife-based […]

Get Snap Happy and Win FREE entry for 12 months

Whether it’s a selfie with the seals or posing with the penguins, we want to see the best snaps from your visit to St Andrew’s Aquarium.
For the month of May we’re holding our Spring Photography Competition and we want you to get involved! All you have to do to enter is share the best picture from your visit on Facebook or email

The team at the aquarium will pick 2 finalists in each category (Under 10’s | 10- 15yrs | Adults) and put to the public vote on Facebook, with the winners getting an Annual Pass to the Aquarium!

Get snapping!!!

Introducing The West Sands Squad

Welcome to the family…

Our team have spent much time and love into creating The West Sands Squad, who will help us explain interesting fishy facts to our younger visitors.
We have a problem…we cannot agree on names for the cute 2-dimensional dudes so we are looking for your help! Over the next month we will be asking all of you to suggest names and will let the public decide upon the winning name, to be chosen from the shortlist we create.

Please head over to our facebook page and add your suggestions in the comments section of each picture.

A taste of the Tropics in St. Andrews as aquarium opens

If you go down to St. Andrews Aquarium this Easter weekend, you’re in for a tropical surprise. The Fife attraction has created The Reef, a spectacular showcase of themed tanks holding 15 different species of tropical and marine fish.

They include Green and Leopard Moray Eels, Pufferfish, Lionfish, Clownfish and Seahorses spread over five brand new exhibits located at the end of the visitor tour.

The aquarium invested approximately £30,000 on The Reef as part of a four-month winter refurbishment. It brought in leading European aquarium company Aquarium Technology Ltd to reproduce the look of tropical waters using replica corals and imitation rocks, with displays that create the feel of walking through a reef.

John Mace, manager of St. Andrew’s Aquarium, commented:

“The Reef really does bring the tropics to St. Andrews and the Fife coast, and we can’t wait to show off our bigger, better collection of tropical and marine life to visitors. It not only reels visitors in but it’s a fabulous experience for them to end their visit on.”

“We’re home to more than 100 animals from all parts of the world, making us a go-to for locals and visitors from further afield. The Reef provides an extra reason to visit the Aquarium over Easter and during the school holidays.”

Snappy Names Chosen for Baby American Alligators

In a nationwide competition to name two baby American Alligators who arrived at St Andrews Aquarium last month has ended with 11 year old Libby Findlay triumphing and naming the snappy pair Barack and Michelle after the American President and his First Lady.

The pair of American Alligators arrived at St Andrews Aquarium in December and are expected to grow up to between 3m and 5m in length.

The unusual competition took place on the St Andrews Aquarium Facebook Page where entrants were asked to put forward their two favourite names for the male and female Alligators. Libby, who stays in the Isle of Man won a cuddly fish and a family pass to the Aquarium so she can come and visit Barack and Michelle again soon.

John Mace, Manager of St Andrews Aquarium commented:

“It was a tough decision to pick a winner out of all the suggestions, but we loved Libby’s idea of naming them Barack and Michelle straight away as there was a clear link as to why she had chosen the names.

“Since arriving last month the Alligators have settled in really well and visitors are always commenting on how cute the baby Alligators are. I’m sure they will really take to their new names of Barack and Michelle!”

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