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Friday, June 23, 2006

Living Planet Aquarium Opens in Sandy

The Living Planet Aquarium officially opens to the public today at 725 E. 10600 South, in Sandy. It gives visitors a chance to see a wide assortment of aquatic species, including tropical ocean-dwellers and fish that live in local Utah waters.

Today’s Deseret Morning News includes an article about the aquarium. You can read it here. Excerpts are given below:

“Previously housed in The Gateway shopping center, the aquarium became so popular that it outgrew the spot a year and a half after opening in 2004.

“The current 43,000-square-foot space includes a cafe, numerous multipurpose rooms and a small theater. Later this year, an endangered Utah species hall will open, as well as a biology station.

“The Sandy exhibit is a "preview" of what aquarium officials hope will be a world-class, 90,000-square-foot site that they would like to be built in Salt Lake City.

"There's certainly been some question of why have an aquarium in the desert," she said. "Why not? Water is such a precious resource, and we don't have the access to the ocean and the world seas. This is a perfect place."

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