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Torquay's Living Coasts wins award

Living Coasts penguin colony
Visitors can view the penguins swimming using underground windows

A seaside zoo in Devon has won a national award.

Torquay's Living Coasts was voted best all-round seaside attraction by the readers of Coast magazine.

The coastal zoo - believed to be the only one of its kind in the UK - has netted aviaries and underwater windows for watching seals and penguins.

As a registered charity, Living Coasts is involved in education, research and conservation - all of which gained praise from the judges.

Living Coasts director, Elaine Hayes, said the award was a tribute to the hard work of staff and volunteers and was particularly important because it was voted for by the public.

The attraction was competing against aquariums, piers and leisure complexes from around the coastline of the UK.

It was also named as runner-up to South West environmental group Surfers Against Sewage in the best marine conservation category.



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