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Exploris: Supporters gather outside council building ahead of aquarium closure decision

Scores of Exploris supporters have gathered outside Ards Borough Council offices ahead of a decision on whether to shut Northern Ireland's only aquarium.

The council will vote later on Wednesday night on whether the centre will be closed or kept open.

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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