CLACTON DOLPHINARIUM

In 1932 the swimming pool was opened on Clacton pier and was the first pool in the country to be built over the sea. On the 1st August 1971 the pool was closed and turned in a dolphinarium, the original swimming pool was the subject of falling receipts and high running costs. The dolphinarium was a permanent summer attraction run by owner Michael Goss and dolphin trainer and expert Reg Bloom. Reg  was a former curator of Flamingo Park and Chester Zoo, he also opened dolphinariums in London and Majorca. Mr Bloom also helped design and build the dolphinarium in Windsor Safari Park.

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WHERE IT IS

WHERE IT IS

The area used for the dolphinarium on the pier

DOLPHINARIUM 1978

DOLPHINARIUM 1978

ARIEL SHOT

ARIEL SHOT

2005 approx.

ARIEL SHOT

ARIEL SHOT

2005 approx.

ARIEL SHOT

ARIEL SHOT

2005 approx.

ARIEL SHOT

ARIEL SHOT

2005 approx.

DOLPHINARIUM 2009

DOLPHINARIUM 2009

DOLPHINARIUM 2010

DOLPHINARIUM 2010

SEA LION AREA

SEA LION AREA

1995 saw the start of the demolition of the Sea Lion complex on Clacton Pier.

EASTSIDE 1991

EASTSIDE 1991

DOLPHINARIUM 1979

DOLPHINARIUM 1979

Ariel photo of the pier & dolphinarium taken 1979, just after the dolphins left Clacton Pier.

OLD POOL

OLD POOL

Photo of the Olympic sized pool on Clacton Pier before the dolphins & whales lived there.

OLYMPIC POOL

OLYMPIC POOL

Crowds flocked to Clacton Pier's swimming pool

WATERSLIDE 1988

WATERSLIDE 1988

Water chute and pool in 1988, 3 years after Nemo left the pier.

LOBSTER

LOBSTER

February 1974 - Fisherman Mervyn Stutter caught a 15Ib, 3ft long lobster off Clacton pier, thought to be 30 years old. The lobster was not hooked but entangled in Mervyn's line, the catch was such a rarity that it was given to the aquarium on the pier & Reg looked after it and put in on display in a tank alive for all to view.

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