Over its 50 year history, Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary has played a symbolic part of so many Australians' lives and in January 2018 we will sadly be closing our doors forever.
During this time, our attraction has welcomed hundreds of thousands of families through the doors, helped Australian youth start their careers, and has even hosted an underwater wedding. The attraction has celebrated world-firsts, including being the first to rescue, rehabilitate and release a Great White Shark and breed Grey Nurse Sharks on-site - and countless rescues of turtles, stingrays and more recently, the rescue and return of 'Fluffy' who was swept up onto Manly shores.
To bid farewell, it's only fitting that we give Manly Sea Life Sanctuary a farewell relative to the impact it has had on the Northern Beaches.
This is where we need your help.
We've dug deep into the archives and tracked down original footage which shows young Australian girls who responded to a job advertisement requesting 'fearless girl skin-divers' to swim with sharks, stingrays and other swimming companions. Many of these women went on to become the Marineland Mermaids, who were amongst the first divers employed at what was then known as Sydney Marineland.
Who are these girls? Where are they today? What is their best memory of Manly's treasured oceanarium?
We would love if you would assist us on the search for the original Marineland Mermaids to reconnect history and give Manly Sea Life Sanctuary the farewell it deserves.
If you have any information that can help us on our search, visit our Facebook page and share their details with us.
You can watch the video here: https://goo.gl/mo35Kq