November 23, 2017

D.C.’s National Aquarium shuts down, scattering aquatic denizens

After more than 100 years in the District, the National Aquarium shut its doors Monday — one of the few closures in town this week not related to the bickering on Capitol Hill.

The Department of Commerce, which has housed generations of alligators, electric eels and Pacific octopuses in its basement, needs more space. That means, starting today, more than 250 species — 2,500 creatures in all — are being relocated. Many will go to other aquariums or zoos around the country, officials said.

Even its most ardent supporters acknowledge that the National Aquarium wasn’t the most glamorous of

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