A brand new aquatics centre has opened at Northumberland College’s zoo.
The new facility at the Zoological Gardens based at the Kirkley Hall campus is the new home for fish from the vast reefs of Indonesia to the brackish estuaries of the Amazon.
The centre also houses amphibians and various other water loving species.
The attraction showcases all four water habitats; brackish, freshwater, marine and cold water, and there are more than 6,000 litres worth of aquariums that are home to fish, invertebrates and amphibians.
It was officially opened by Gillian Hall, from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, with the help of pupils from Percy Hedley School.
College students added extra colour to the event by donning marine themed dress.
It is the biggest new development at the zoo since its opening in 2011.
The college said visitors will be wowed as they enter the aquatics centre with its illuminated aquariums, carefully designed lighting and a rainbow of colourful fish from exotic shores.
Steven Sykes, manager at the Zoological Gardens, said: “We are showcasing all four fish habitats to fully educate visitors on the differences.
“For instance, brackish water is commonly found in estuaries, while marine ecosystems are among the largest of the aquatic ecosystems and include oceans, lagoons, coral reefs and deep sea.
“Establishing these different water habitats means students will get all rounded experience in all areas of fish keeping, and we have a great range of diversity in species.”