SMILES were appearing fast at the new-look Pet Porpoise Pool on Sunday, and they were from more than just the children.
Adults, staff and even the cheeky seals were making a fuss at the gala ceremony, enjoying an open house of entertainment and celebration which has been long overdue.
In the morning invited guests witnessed an all-star entertainment package with seals and dolphins stealing the show before the official opening of the Jim Browning Pool by member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker.
Staff and the general public have waited two years for the new pool to be completed. It is 48 metres long and 17.5 metres at its widest, and is now the happy home of the dolphins Bucky, Calamity and Zip.
By the afternoon staff at the premier tourist attraction opened up the doors to pro- vide an afternoon of free entertainment to the public.
About 700 people witnessed the show and through donations the Pet Porpoise Pool raised $913 for the Make-aWish Foundation.
Since it was established in 1969 the Pet Porpoise Pool has become a favourite attraction for tourists and locals but, more than that, it also offers community benefit through scientific and educa- tion marine projects.