Exploris Aquarium has been operating its seal sanctuary since 1989. In the beginning it had limited facilities, however, in 1999 a purpose-built facility was built. This was funded by Ards & North Down Borough Council now Ards Borough Council, Northern Ireland Electricity and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.
The main philosophy of the sanctuary is to rehabilitate sick, injured or abandoned seal pups. As the seal pupping is seasonal, it means at certain periods we have no seals in our hospital.
What to do if you discover a seal pup: