“We are now what everybody dreamed we would be 20 years ago,” aquarium CEO Thom Stork declared recently. Attendance topped 750,000 last year, Stork said — helping the attraction at Port Tampa Bay meet its financial goals.
The first public dive at the renovated Toledo Zoo aquarium fascinates watchers. The grand opening weekend activities continue through Sunday at the aquarium, which now boasts about four times as much water as it previously had.
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Workers at a Tokyo aquarium are scratching their heads after the deaths of dozens of fish that have left just one lonely tuna roaming a once-flourishing tank.
The park on Tuesday found the second last fish floating dead in its vast doughnut-shaped enclosure that was once home to nearly 160 fish and among the venue’s most popular attractions, said a spokesman for Tokyo Sea Life Park.
“We have had the tuna tank since the aquarium opened in 1989 but never experienced this kind of mass-dying,” he told AFP on Wednesday.
“We are studying
ST. LOUIS • The World Aquarium has passed a federal re-inspection, after a series of violations for poor sanitation, murky water and unfed animals, operators said.
The nonprofit facility, inside downtown’s popular City Museum, announced Saturday that “all previous non-compliant inspections items” were corrected and that the aquarium would remain “open for business” at least through the summer. Its president said he expected to open in a new location sometime after Labor Day.
Amanda Owens, an inspector with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, revisited on Friday, according to the aquarium’s statement.
The aquarium houses more than 40 mammals, and hundreds of fish, birds,
A lungfish rests in its tank at the Toledo Zoo’s renovated aquarium, which is slated to reopen Friday after a more than 2-year, $25.5 million renovation.
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ST. LOUIS • The World Aquarium, a nonprofit aquarium tucked inside downtown’s City Museum, has been cited for a series of violations stemming from poor sanitation, murky water and unfed animals.
An inspection last month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found 12 specific violations. Inspector Amanda J. Owens ordered swift remedial action.
The aquarium houses more than 40 mammals, and hundreds of fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians, according to the USDA. The nonprofit opened last decade in leased space at City Museum, a popular tourist attraction downtown. The aquarium previously had been situated in the Hanley Industrial Court in St. Louis
NIAGARA FALLS – Next weekend, the Aquarium of Niagara will have gone to the birds. More precisely, the short, flightless type.
The downtown attraction, at 701 Whirlpool St., will host its 24th annual Penguin Days from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Interactive exhibits and the chance to get an up-close experience with a penguin are among the highlights of the two-day event.
“We turn the aquarium into a penguin celebration,” said Michele Paterson, assistant supervisor of exhibits.
The event, intended for children of all ages, will be hands-on, aimed at making visitors “feel part of the learning experience,” Paterson said.
ST. PETERSBURG — The Secrets of the Sea aquarium, formerly known as the Pier Aquarium, could open by October in the city’s former cruise ship terminal at 250 Eighth Ave. SE.
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A contract for the nonprofit to rent the 9,000-square-foot space at the city’s port is in the works and should go before the City Council by