November 19, 2018

Aquarium sets opening date for new shark exhibit

The National Aquarium’s new $12.5 million “Blacktip Reef” exhibit, a replica of an Indo-Pacific coral reef that replaces the “Wings in the Water” exhibit, will open July 10, officials announced Monday.

Once it is completed, visitors will be able to view the 260,000-gallon self-contained ecosystem through a 27-foot viewing window, as well as from platforms above the water. Visitors also will be able to observe diver demonstrations and feedings.

“You’re sort of transferred into their world,” Jack Cover, the aquarium’s general curator, said. “You’re seeing it from their viewpoint.”

The centerpiece of the exhibit will be a school of blacktip reef sharks, known