Aquarium reopens after Harvey
The Texas State Aquarium is pleased to announce that it has reopened after Hurricane Harvey.
All of the animals, from the four bottlenose dolphins to Xena, the two-toed sloth, are doing well and have been moved back to their homes. The Caribbean Journey exhibit is fully operational.
All ground-level exhibits are back to business, though some operations are limited due to power outages. Admission will be reduced until power is fully restored.
Sharks, tropical fish, birds and reptiles from Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and the western Caribbean Sea made their grand debut at the Texas State Aquarium on May 13 with the opening of the much-awaited Caribbean Journey exhibit.
The 71,000-square-foot Caribbean Journey is designed as a completely immersive experience for visitors as they experience the sights and sounds of a tropical wonderland. Birds fly freely under an open-air glass dome atrium. Dense trees and multiple waterfalls add to the authentic experience of touring a living lowland forest.
The Caribbean Journey includes:
• more than 800 new marine and terrestrial animals;
• touch exhibits for a hands-on experience;
• Mayan Ruins, home to vampire bats, snakes and lizards;
• a 400,000-gallon tank housing sharks, schooling fish and a shipwreck;
• Coral Reef, a dazzling barrier reef with brightly colored fish and a live coral nursery;
• and the only 4D theater in South Texas, holding up to 100 guests.
The aquarium has also put a sharp focus on education with its new Center for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. With the addition, it aims to make STEM even more engaging using cutting-edge technology.
The Texas State Aquarium is located at 2710 N. Shoreline Blvd. on North Beach in Corpus Christi. For more information, call (361) 881-1230 or (800) 477-GULF (4853). Visit the website at texasstateaquarium.org.
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