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Aquarium underwater tunnel built

Blue Reef Aquarium tunnel
The aquarium will have a fish-eye window magnifying the tank occupants

The main centrepiece of a £4m aquarium in central Bristol is due to be installed.

The Blue Reef Aquarium being built on the Harbourside will allow visitors to walk through an underwater tunnel while being surrounded by sea life.

Four tunnel sections and a viewing window will be lifted into place in the coral reef display.

A second window will also be delivered for the aquarium's shipwreck display. The venue is due to open in October.

Manager Alex Page said: "The arrival of the tunnel and other window sections is a key milestone in the development of the new aquarium.

"Once secured in place they will allow us to fill the giant ocean tanks for the first time in readiness for the arrival of thousands of exotic tropical fish - including black tip reef sharks - over the coming weeks."

The new display will also feature a fish-eye viewing window giving visitors a 360 degree magnified view of the tank and its occupants.



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