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Blitz & Co. Florist
(253) 572-2327
909 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA
Plantscapes Inc.
(206) 623-7100
1127 Poplar Pl. S.
Seattle, WA
Exotic Aquaria Fish & Reptiles
(360) 628-8588
912 Hensley St NE
Olympia, WA
Seattle Aquarium
(206) 386-4320
Pier 59 1483 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA
Tight-Wire Fencing
(509) 773-3088
173 Cahill Rd
Goldendale, WA
Grassi's Flowers & Gifts
(253) 627-7196
3602 S Center St
Tacoma, WA
Seattle Aquarium Society
(206) 682-3474
1415 Western Avenue, #505
Seattle, WA
Woodland Park Zoo
(206) 548-2500
601 N 59th
Seattle, WA
Schreiner Farms
509-767-1501 509-448-4580
P.O. Box 449
Dallesport, WA
White Horse Vale Lipizzans
(509) 773-5222
2109 N. Columbus Ave
Goldendale, WA

The Age of Aquariums

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At the Ocean Voyager Exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, the more you look, the more you’ll see. Imagine a tank the size of a football field and 30-feet deep. Sawfish, guitarfish and hammerheads briefly appear only to disappear into their six-million-gallon home. The stars of the tank are the 15-foot whale sharks that can swim freely as they would in the open ocean.

At the Newport Aquarium in Kentucky, the rough spiny skin of a Forbes sea star and the swirl on top of the channeled whelk's shell give visitors a chance to touch and feel. The pool is in the top of a semi–circular stone wall with water deep enough to keep the animals submerged, but shallow enough to be reachable.

Some animals rest on the sandy bottom, while others have the day off and are behind closed doors. To prevent injury, fatigue and over–handling, all of the animals are rotated in and out of the exhibit.

In the Beginning

Public aquariums have come a long way. In the past, fish–keeping was only a method of storing excess food. The early Romans kept a few fish stashed away in tanks, but they were for eating, not for enjoyment or research.

In the late 18th century, however, as interest in natural history began to flourish, travelers started bringing live sea creatures home with them. There were some problems keeping their specimens alive, but adding a few live plants helped some–what. Aquarists soon learned more about aeration, filtering and water temperature and, as scientific knowledge expanded, the public aquariums – much like museums, arboretums and zoos – became immensely popular.

In 1853, the first major public aquarium opened at the London Zoological Gardens. In the United States, P.T. Barnum established the Aquarial Gardens in Boston in 1856 and, in 1873, the American National Aquarium opened in Washington, D.C.

Marineland of Florida opened near St. Augustine in 1938 for the purpose of filming underwater movie scenes. It soon became a popular tourist attraction, and its trained animal shows with dolphins led to the creation of other similar theme parks, such as the SeaWorld oceanariums.

Fish–Keeping's Many Facets

Today, these living museums offer a glimpse into an underwater world that we rarely see firsthand. But, more importantly, they play a vital role in rehabilitation, relocation, rescue and research. Injured aquatic animals are cared for, or relocated if necessary. State–of–the–art research facilities aid researchers around the world in studying, discovering and increasing public awareness. Public aquarium management relies on several sources for obtaining the fish. Many facilities have their own breeding programs, but to expand the range of their collections, they often purchase specimens from outside sources, exchange with other aquariums, buy from individual fish collectors or gather directly from the wild.

Realistic exhibits placed within specific environments have led to the increased popularity of aquariums. During the past few years, t...

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Visit the Virginia Aquarium

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July 2, 2010 by Denise N. Crew ·  

So while we were in Virginia Beach the other week (and it was humid enough to cut the air with a knife) we decided to cool off and visit the Virginia Aquarium . This is a wonderful hands on place for kids of all ages and there’s more then just fish there too!

harbor Seal

The harbor seals

When you pull into the main parking lot you’ll see the Harbor Seals greet you as you walk up the walkway. These interesting animals will put on quite the show swimming around. In fact Baby Girl asked to stop by later in the trip to just watch the seals play in the water. They have hoops to swim through and balls to play with. We really could have sat there and just watched them all day!

The aquarium is actually housed in two different buildings and there is a long nature trail that connects them. From one building to the other you’ll see the active (and not so active) wildlife in it’s natural setting. If the tide’s out check out the crabs crawling around in the mud next to the water’s edge.

making a habitat

Little 2 making a habitat craft

The aquarium offers something for everyone. You can buy a pass to just the aquarium, you can take a pontoon boat ride up the creek and out to the edge of the bay. There’s also an Imax theater there as well. With it threatening to look like rain we passed on the boat ride (although we did hear people talking about it as we walked around and they seemed to enjoy it) and we weren’t sure how Little Man and Baby Girl would make out with the movie so we didn’t go to that. But really the aquarium was enough of an experience for all.

the dragon

getting up close to the "dragon"

There are some exhibits that have a dome in them so the kids (and agile adults) can get a closer view of some of the animals habitats. The little ones seemed to really enjoy that. Then there’s the learning aspect of the aquarium, but since it’s all hands on projects, they’re too busy having fun to realize they’re learning when they’re not in school. Even the 17 year old got into the fun. (just a little side note, metal in the water does something that sharks don’t like, and the shark cages people put in the water, did you ever notice , made of metal, doesn’t seem like the smartest idea to me!) There are also places where you can touch stingrays, hermit craps and horseshoe crabs.

Another great aspect of the aquarium is al...

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