CLACTON SEA LIONS
The Sea Lion Show was the last of the sealife shows on Clacton Pier. There were four Sea lions called Anna, Marcus, Kojak & Bimbo, there was more on the pier but at present their names are not know. Bimbo was moved to the Sea Lion Show at Pleasurewood Hills. In April 1975 newly weds Jon & Penny Kershaw cut short their honeymoon to come back to Clacton to get Anna the sea lion ready for an appearance on the TV show "Opportunity Knocks". One known trick Anna was good at performing was balancing a ball on a pole on her nose. In Ocober 1975 there was a report of a baby seal that was nursed at the dolphinarium on Clacton Pier after suffering a gunshot wound. The seal was put into a net and sprayed with ointment as part of its treatment, it is unknown how the gunshot wound happened or if the baby seal survived.
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A seal lion showing off its balancing skills with a tray of tea.
TWO SEA LIONS
Two sea lions paying attention to Reg Blooms instructions.
SEA LION KISSES
Trainer Jon Kershaw worked with the sea lions & dolphins during the 70's on Clacton Pier, he has a famous brother, 80's pop star Nik Kershaw.
SEA LION TRAIN
A sea lion interacting with trainer Jon Kershaw & Margaret Bloom giving the commentary!
SEA LIONS & REG
Reg & Margaret Bloom putting on one of the seal lion shows under the watchful eye of one of the dolphins
SEA LION SHOW
Both sea lions in action.
SEA LION TRAINER
Ball balancing with one of the trainers, Michael Wilcock.
HE AINT HEAVY
Adolph & Sallar the two Sea Lions from Clacton Pier doing a bit of promotional work (1973)
HE IS HEAVY!
Adolph & Sallar the two Sea Lions from Clacton Pier doing a bit of promotional work advertising a scale company that the Goss family owned (1973)
Reg Bloom and Rick Smallman training the Sea Lions at Clacton.
BARNEY & LUIGI
Barney showing off one of his very skillful tricks (1978).
REG & MARGARET
The sea lion show in full swing with Reg and Margaret (1978).
THROUGH THE HOOPS
Reg dressed up as Santa with his two helpers.
SEA LION SHOW
JUMPING SEA LION
The Sea Lion Trainer Suzanne with one of the Sea Lions performing at Clacton.
CLACTON SEA LION SHOW VIDEO
Marcus the sea lion with trainer Luigi putting on a show at Clacton
A young Michael Goss playing with the penguins at Clacton
January 1973 and six young Humbolt Penguins arrive on Clacton Pier, treated to a breakfast served up by 4 year old animal lover Lesley Wilcox
The penguins on Clacton Pier
The warning sign says it all even though its not spelt right, not as tame as the dolphins
The South American Humbolt Penguins on Clacton Pier