Situated at the juncture of the North Sea, the Atlantic with the Gulf Stream, and influenced by the Artic Oceans, Orkney is uniquely placed to be visited by a diverse selection of the marine creatures that are to be found today in Northern European waters.
As is evidenced by the fossil fish beds, marine creatures have been part of Orkney's natural heritage since the beginning of time.
Over millions of years since the time of Lake Orcades, (then situated at the equator), the sea and the creatures that inhabit it have played their part in the formation and development of Orkney.
Ancient sea-beds have provided Orkney with building material and their erosion has provided the fertile soils that support the county's unique agricultural economy and beef production.
The marine environment provided early mankind with a means of transport, exploration and dispersion, protection from their enemies around settlements & fortifications and of course an important source of food.
Many individual species, from mighty whales to the humble seaweed, have contributed to Orkney's development throughout the ages and some of these species continue to contribute towards Orkney's fisheries and overall economy today.
Orkney Marine-Life Aquarium operates a policy of continually improving the conditions and quality of life for the exhibits and enhancing the experience and the facility for visitors.
In addition to the live exhibits, the Aquarium has displays on many other aspects of Orkney’s maritime heritage and practical demonstrations including knots, splices and net mending are available on request for groups, individuals or children’s birthday parties.
The project has also proved a success in the concept of recycling obsolete articulated refrigerated trailers as a basis for meeting the environmental needs of the exhibits and this could form the basis for economical expansion.
The Aquarium is grateful for the generous support of members of the community in providing not only live exhibits from the local fishermen, but also donations and loans of seafaring memorabilia from other Orkney residents.