Got a cleaning job involving water tanks? Call in the Army!

A seaside aquarium is looking squeaky clean thanks to a group of Army scuba divers from Suffolk.

Great Yarmouth’s Sea Life Centre, which houses sharks, turtles and other marine life, is in top condition after soldiers from Woodbridge in Suffolk helped staff at the centre by cleaning the tanks while practising their dives.

They’ve been cleaning the glass so that visitors at the centre can have a better view of wildlife in the tanks.

The centre is cleaned weekly, and Shane Breadmore from the Sea Life Centre told the BBC that its of mutual benefit for both parties.

“They’re helping us by cleaning it, but they’re also getting that experience of being able to dive with beautiful black tip reef sharks and they get to see a lot of creatures that they might not normally get to see,” said Shane.

The divers are used to Mediterranean waters for their assignments, which can involve explosives and removing obstructions underwater. 

Main image: Stock photo by David Clode

Lorna Dockerill
Lorna fell in love with scuba diving back in 2011 during a trip to Thailand and Australia. Having always dreamt of seeing a sea turtle in the wild, her dream was realised on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef while training to become a certified diver. Since then she’s developed a passion for the natural world, writing about wildlife photography – both the on land and underwater kind – for the past eight years.


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