WHILE we look forward to the day we can visit Bournemouth Oceanarium once more, the Daily Echo looks back at pictures through the years.

The Oceanarium opened back on September 4, 1998 and soon after visitors arrived in their thousands.

Less than a year later and the coral reef feature was added, providing groups with touch tanks.

Youngsters enjoyed sleeping with the fishes when a large science sleepover was held among the tanks.

Mike Hill raised cash for charity when he embarked upon a 24hr sponsored dive with the sharks.

The photographs were taken of the public and staff enjoying the aquarium over the years.