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Exploris: Decision on closure of Northern Ireland's only aquarium postponed for two months

A decision on whether to shut Northern Ireland's only aquarium has been postponed for two months, it was revealed tonight.

Scores of Exploris supporters gathered outside Ards Borough Council offices on Wednesday night to hear the fate of Exploris.

But there was no final outcome on the future of the Portaferry centre, with a decision being postponed for two months.

There has been fury over the centre's proposed closure, with Exploris unable to rule out killing off the thousands of marine animals it cares for if Ards Council votes against it.

More than 3,000 animals are currently cared for by the Portaferry-based aquarium, as revealed by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency's most recent stock take.

Up to 300 people turned up at the aquarium yesterday to show their solidarity with the under-threat facility.

Support for it has now reached a global audience, with a photo campaign kicking off on Twitter - users posting images of themselves holding 'Save Exploris' signs.

Supporters from around the world have joined the campaign with images from Argentina, Canada, Chile, Israel, Taiwan and the United States being posted using hashtag #explorisgoneglobal.


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