Sunday 24 September 2017

Brewery offers cool relief to fish

Gary the lobster with Chloe Kingston, from the aquarium, and St Austell Brewery's Andrew Ferguson (Paul Richards/Falmouth Aquarium/PA)
Gary the lobster with Chloe Kingston, from the aquarium, and St Austell Brewery's Andrew Ferguson (Paul Richards/Falmouth Aquarium/PA)

A lobster and his fishy friends have been given some relief from the heat - thanks to a brewery.

While this recent hot spell has been wonderful for most, Gary the lobster and chums at the Falmouth Aquarium in Cornwall have not been enjoying the weather.

They have seen their tank temperatures soar and it was only a matter of time before they would not be able to take the heat any longer.

When that happened, Chloe Kingston, from the aquarium, put in a call to the St Austell Brewery to see if the company could throw them a lifeline.

St Austell Brewery stepped in and donated some of its beer-chilling equipment to bring the tanks back to normal temperatures.

The brewery's technician, Andrew Ferguson, installed the system in time for the scorching hot weather expected this weekend.

Marine biologist Ms Kingston said: "It's a massive relief, I was really worried when I realised our current chillers weren't coping. So far the fish are just looking a bit grumpy but they wouldn't be able to stand long-term exposure to these temperatures - especially with the hot spell coming up.

"What the St Austell Brewery has done is literally save our fish at the aquarium.

"We have an entire tropical reef system on our ground floor that wasn't coping with the heat, even though their water temperature is usually hot anyway, and we have our Cornish fish tanks that were really suffering because their water needs to be especially cool."

Mr Ferguson added: "St Austell Brewery was delighted to help out when we got the call from Falmouth Aquarium. I remember installing one of our cooling systems at the National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow over 10 years ago when the weather was really hot, but it's the first aquarium we've done."

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