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New Learning Centre Opened in Tampa Aquarium


Tampa aquarium recently opened a well equipped learning and research centre at a whopping cost of two million dollar. This project has been in the pipeline for years and it will offer a renewed outlook to Tampa marine exhibit. As the aquarium is entering its twentieth year of operation, learning and research centre launching gains special significance. A conference and event center is planned as a part of the Tampa aquarium expansion plan. The new research center has been named as Carol J and Barney Barnett Learning Centre. As per official records, more than seven lakh people visited this aquarium in the previous year. Five thousand square feet area of learning centre at Tampa sea life center features five classrooms which surround a common space.
It is believed that opening up of Carol J and Barney Barnett Learning Center will give an impetus to fisheries science research domain. Their sea turtles will definitely catch the attention of aquarium visitors especially school going children. This research centre offers facilities that are available only in world class universities including sixty inch mondopad touch screen computer. Convention centre at Tampa aquarium will be suitable for birthday parties, workshops and demonstrations. School teachers from far flung areas of USA came to attend workshops held at Carol J and Barney Learning Center recently. About 12000 school children enrolled in the educational program organized by Tampa aquarium. Indoor decoration of Tampa aquarium research center is simply fabulous and stunning.


Norwalk Aquarium Launches Research Vessel worth $2.7 Million


Norwalk aquarium has developed a new state of the art and environment friendly research vessel named Spirit of the Sound. It is considered as an amazing achievement which speaks tall words about the capability of Norwalk marine exhibit. Spirit of the Sound is an aluminum catamaran which measures sixty three foot and it will soon replace aquarium’s old vessel RV oceanic. New research vessel is equipped with a back deck, and climate controlled indoor classroom. Maritime Aquarium spokesperson says,” It is a nicer, bigger vessel that affords us more opportunities to teach about Long Island Sound”. Research vessel will definitely give a touch and feel of marine life and wild life. There is a remotely operated vehicle which passengers can control and a camera that helps aquarium visitors explore the vessel.
A Norwalk aquarium visitor can get insight about life of undersea organisms such as planktons. Architectural wonder Spirit of the Sound is designed by Incat Crowther, an organization based in Australia. Hybrid electric propulsion systems act as the backbone of Spirit of The Sound, a jewel in the crown of Norwalk marine exhibition center. Although battery of research vessel can be charged with diesel generator, it will not run on diesel power. As per expert opinion, Spirit of the Sound is the first hybrid research vessel built in the world. Improved visibility is cited as the peculiar feature of this Norwalk based vessel which makes it stand out from the rest.

Via[Daily Voice]

Large Scale Renovation Work Begins at Auburn Aquarium


Large scale construction work has begun in Auburn Hills Mall aquarium which is going to make it the biggest marine exhibit in Michigan. It features different varieties of creatures including sharks, stingrays and puffer fish. There are thirty tanks at Auburn aquarium which includes 1.5 lakh gallons of water. Renovation work on Auburn Hills Mall aquarium had been underway since June. Guests at Auburn marine exhibition center will get a chance to view fabulous marine creatures. Construction work at Auburn aquarium is undertaken by UK based Merlin Entertainments. It is learnt that Auburn Hills Mall aquarium will charge admission fees and will be open by next spring. Construction work at Auburn will cost an estimated figure of $8 million and it will employ around forty people.
It is expected that opening up of Auburn marine exhibit will give a revitalized outlook to Michigan tourism industry. Fish pond at Auburn will include a large tropical ocean tank and walk-through underwater tunnel. Shrimp, sea horses, sharks, rays, and starfish are other marine attractions of this popular Detroit fishbowl. Auburn sea life center provides feeding demonstrations and educational presentations about marine life. Auburn aquatic center highlights the works of Merlin’s charity, Sea Life Marine Conservation Trust too.

Via[Detroit News]

Giant Gourami fish Arrived in London Aquarium


A giant Gourami fish aged twelve has found new home at the London aquarium. It was earlier kept in a suburban restaurant of London. Restaurant owner had constructed a special tank for Giant Gourami in the middle of restaurant floor. As the fish named Bob outgrew the tank, restaurant owners decided to shift it somewhere else. Special equipment was needed to carry Giant Gourami from restaurant to the aquarium. According to restaurant co owner, “When we got the fish, we thought it was a normal Gourami, they obviously don’t grow that big. As the days went past, it was just growing and growing- it was quite fascinating”. Restaurant promoters are happy that Gourami is going to be taken care well in the future.
Attempt to transfer Giant Gourami from restaurant to aquarium was slow and tricky. Aquarium officials found balancing oxygen and pH levels in the tank as a very difficult task. “London aquarium is delighted to welcome this new guest”, said a Sea life London Aquarium spokesperson. Re-homing fish varieties that outgrows home tank has become a common phenomenon in different parts of the world. Gourami might have relieved himself on being moved into a spacious new home in London aquarium. At last, Bob got transferred to a place where his wellbeing is not being compromised.

Via[Evening Standard]

San Antonio Aquarium to Begin Operations Soon


The new San Antonio Aquarium on Bandera road will commence its operations very soon. Reports indicate that the aquarium is being transformed into a 50000 square foot marine exhibition centre. This marine exhibit will feature distinct varieties of marine creatures, reptiles and birds. A 30000 gallon water tank is the major attraction of San Antonio aquarium located in Bandera Road. Interactive education about marine life is the primary objective of San Antonio marine museum. Bandera road aquarium offers a memorable experience to visitors coming from different parts of the state. According to San Antonio aquarium officials, several field trips have been scheduled with private parties. It consists of a huge dinosaur display and big tank for scuba divers. A seventy five year old tortoise named Ramsey attracts the attention of Bandera aquarium visitors.
It is expected that construction work at San Antonio aquarium will be completed by December 2014. List of major attractions at this marine exhibit include sharks, sting rays and interactive exhibits. It will also showcase an exhibit where guests can touch stingrays and Jump Jungle. “We continue to identify new ways to create more interactive and more exciting exhibits, so we decided we had better Texas-size this one,” says Alui Cleaver, San Antonio Aquarium COO. With the coming up of Bandera Road Aquarium, a new tourist attraction is headed to South Texas. It is going to be the most interactive aquarium in America.


Seoul’s Largest Aquarium Opened Recently


Seoul’s largest aquarium named Lotte World Aquarium has been opened very recently and it features more than fifty thousand marine creatures. This southern Seoul based aquarium is often termed as “Underwater Park in the City”. Lotte takes its visitors to a whole new world that can’t be experienced anywhere else. This aquarium presents different marine creatures including sea lion, jellyfish, and sardines etc. Different zones in Seoul’s biggest aquarium showcase different themes including Korean rivers, tropical rivers, Amazon River and coral reef garden. Two meter long nurse shark is another prominent marine species attraction of Lotte aquatic museum. Beluga whale, sturgeon, penguin and trout are other must-see creatures at this well known marine exhibit. Officials of Lotte believe that aquarium is the place to learn more about marine life and marine inhabitants.
Education specialists, veterinarians, curators and aquarists are made an integral part of educational programs offered here. It includes a presentation on whales, sea lions, penguins, otters as well as sardines. Animated video about beluga whale will be of great interest and curiosity to school going children. Aquariums such as Lotte stress on the importance of protecting sea creatures in a suitable living environment. Top quality life support systems and state of the art equipments are the commendable specialties of Seoul aquarium.

Via[Korea Times]

Parasite Treatment Kills Hundreds of Albuquerque Aquarium Fish


An effort to kill bug at Albuquerque aquarium resulted in the killing of hundreds of fish varieties. One of Albuquerque aquarium employee accidentally poisoned a tank at Bio Park which took the life of fish. It is not clear whether they used excessive amount of parasite treatment chemical. Manager of Albuquerque aquarium said, “Nobody wants to see a dead fish in an aquarium. It is really a sad situation”. They had a bad parasitic problem in their Atlantic coral reef tank for several months. Aquarium had earlier used a chemical called praziquantel and after that they used a slightly different chemical. Employees of Albuquerque noticed the problem after the usage of dylox. Blue tang fish, French grunts and Caribbean fish are among the marine species which faced tragic end.
Although dylox is very commonly used in the aquarium industry, it can have different effects on different tanks. Aquarium authorities said the fish could have died because they are so weak from the parasites. Most of the killed fish items belong to the common Caribbean fish category. An investigation is currently underway to figure out what exactly caused the death of fish at Albuquerque. It is believed that dosage of parasite treatment chemical was too much and it resulted in life loss of fish.
Via [KRQE News 13]

Wynne Powell’s Wildlife Photos Big Hit among Vancouver Aquarium Visitors


Wildlife photos captured by Wynne Powell, President of London Air Services, became a much talked about discussion among Vancouver zoo visitors. Mr Powell had been a passionate photographer since his school days. His photography exhibition conducted at Vancouver Aquarium attracts many art loving zoo visitors. Wynne Powell is a celebrated professional photographer, image consultant and author. He is the recipient of prestigious British Wildlife Photographic Awards. Powell’s photo exhibition at Vancouver zoo depicts a fantastic tableau of wildlife images. Pictures of animals and birds photographed by Wynne Powell are known for artistic beauty and elegance. Number of visitors at Powell’s photo pavilion continues to grow manifold each and every day. Bright lighting pattern and well balanced display conditions distinguish his photographs from the rest.
Wynne Powell has extensive background in commercial/industrial photography. For Mr Powell, photography is a passion, dream, lifeblood and breath. He carries with him rich experience in the fields of advertising, designing, publishing and photographic industries. Frequent visitors of Vancouver aquarium can now get a visual feast by paying a visit to Powell photo exhibition. Witnessing American wildlife moments through the camera lens of Wynne Powell will be an amazing experience which will be alive in the memory shelves of a person forever.
Wynne Powel Wild North America Photo Exhibit, 10/Oct/2014-8/Nov/2014, Vancouver aquarium, 604-659-3400
Via [ Vancouver Sun]

Florida Aquarium Officials to Visit Cuba


Florida Aquarium Federation office bearers will travel to Cuba for discussions with National Aquarium of Cuba representatives. Cuban aquarium is keen about forging a research partnership with their USA counterpart. According to Tom Hall, Chairman of Cuban Foundation, “this is an educational trip”. It is learnt that Cuban and Florida aquarium wants to create relationship on issues of mutual interest including minimizing effects of oil spills and protecting fish varieties. Both these aquariums focus intensively on research as well as public exhibits. A mutual partnership between them would be definitely beneficial in protecting shared marine resources of both geographical territories.
In the pretext of oil spill agreement signed by five countries, Mexico, Bahamas, Jamaica, USA and Cuba, Florida aquarium official visit to Cuba has special importance. USA marine biologists are already cooperating with Cuban countries on research which would reverse the deterioration of coral reefs and prevent overfishing. As per a local business magazine report, Florida aquarium has not stated publicly that they are interested in a research partnership with Cuba. “Water does not know national borders or politics. We can provide them information they need and vice versa”, says Jeffrey Boutwell, Board Member, Latin America Working Group Education Fund.
Via [Tampa Bay Business Journal]

Recently Arrived Sea Otter Dies in Copenhagen Zoo


A newly arrived sea otter named Lora has died at Den Bla Planet, a zoo located in suburbs of Denmark capital Copenhagen. Its death happened only few weeks after being transferred from Alaska Sea Life Centre. It is reported that Lora along with two other animals of the same species had been suffering from tiredness. Bowel obstruction is cited as the reason behind the death of sea otter Lora. According to Copenhagen zoo officials, remaining two sea otters are in good physical condition. Arrival of marine mammals into Copenhagen zoo got great news value as it is the only place in Europe apart from Lisbon aquarium which features this rare species.
Den Bla Planet zookeeper told local newspaper that staff at the aquarium had concerned about the physical condition of otter. General anesthetic inspection did not detect any physical abnormality in sea otter. After the inspection, the otter died on previous Saturday bemoaning animal lovers of Copenhagen. In the meantime, Copenhagen zoo will be sending its two Amur leopards to United States of America as a part of breeding program. Catfish, anaconda, piranha, dwarf crocodiles, village weaver birds and archerfish are some of the rare species varieties portrayed in Den Bla Planet.
Via [The Copenhagen Post]