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It's Baby Season at Kelly Tarlton's


Wed 9 Dec 2009, 9:30am–5:30pm
Thu 10 Dec 2009, 9:30am–5:30pm
Fri 11 Dec 2009, 9:30am–5:30pm
Sat 12 Dec 2009, 9:30am–5:30pm
Sun 13 Dec 2009, 9:30am–5:30pm

Where: SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's, 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult : $31.50
  • Students (15+ with ID): $25.50
  • Children (4 - 14 years): $15.80
  • Children under 4 years: $0.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Michelle Archer

It’s baby season at Kelly Tarlton’s so get down there quick to meet the darling new arrivals and expectant mums and dads. For one month only (November 13th to December 13th) the spotlight is on Kelly Tarlton’s youngest residents, including adorable baby School shark and Eagle Ray pups and newly hatched baby Gentoo penguin chicks.

The baby School sharks were born prematurely and are being nursed by Kelly Tarlton’s until they’re strong enough to make it on their own. In the meantime, visitors get an amazingly rare opportunity to see the babies up close and watch their three-times-daily feedings in Stingray Bay.

Joining them in their “nursery tank” are Kelly Tarlton’s Eagle Ray babies – born just days before the exhibition is set to open.

Over in the penguin enclosure, eggs are hatching, chicks are feeding and soon the first born of the season will be old enough to venture out on the ice into the penguin crèche.

The cuteness doesn’t stop there though, with other new arrivals to meet and more expected during the month. You can marvel at the soon to hatch Carpet Shark moving around its semi-transparent egg case and meet its baby relatives born earlier in the year. Baby Haupuku – some of the first to be breed in captivity anywhere in the world (by NIWA) – are exploring the Reef Tank. Meanwhile upstairs in Fish Alley the seahorses are preparing to have their babies – however you won’t find any expectant mums here since it’s the fathers than give birth and raise the babies!

Throughout the month special areas are being set up around Kelly Tarlton’s to get you as close as possible to the babies as soon as they’re old enough. The team will be giving three talks a day, introducing visitors to the babies, answering questions and feeding the School shark pups. Hurry down to Kelly Tarlton’s because all the new arrivals grow up quick!

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