Monday, February 26, 2007

New Ray Touch Pool Opens

The aquarium's new ray touch pool opened promptly at noon on Saturday, February 24th. The aquarium's fishes staff came in extra early and moved the remaining rays from the old exhibit to the new one. Prior to being introduced into the new aquarium they were examined and weighed. Over 5400 guests visited the aquarium this weekend and all of them got a chance to see the rays in their new home.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

New Ray Touch Pool Opens Feb 24

The final touches are being added to the new Ray Aquarium. The touch pool will open at noon on February 24th. The current ray exhibit, originally designed as a temporary exhibit, has proven to be one of the most popular attractions at the aquarium. The opening of the new exhibit is just one of the first steps in the aquarium's renovation project. The admissions desk will be temporarily relocated to the IMAX lobby and the guest services office, volunteer resources office, and the volunteer lounge will be moved to the classroom on March 1st. Expect to see temporary walls in place by mid-March and major demolition will follow soon after.

Penguin Exhibit Opens

The aquarium's new temporary exhibit, Penguins: Birds of Play, opened on Saturday, February 17th. Over 3500 guests visited the aquarium on Saturday, making it one of the busiest February days on record! The exhibit features six African Blackfooted penguins and numerous hands on interactives exhibits (all designed by Virginia Aquarium staff). Penguins: Birds of Play will run through Labor Day, 2007.