Bloomington, MN (June 17, 2013) — Normally, sharks and stingrays travel the seaway, not the highway. This Friday morning, June 21, over 50 sea creatures will be arriving to their new home in SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium at Mall of America after traveling across the country.
This “aquarium on wheels” will be traveling from Dallas to bring a variety of creatures including two five-foot brown shark brothers. The sharks are hoping to reach close to 10 feet in length at their new home in Minnesota. Their travel buddies include two southern stingrays and an array of more than 50 jack fish that are coming along for the 1,000-mile ride.
The sharks and stingrays were outgrowing their home in SEA LIFE Dallas, so their sister aquarium, SEA LIFE Minnesota, was ready to help. Their new home in Minnesota will allow these creatures to have a healthy environment and room to continue to grow.
Similar to a summer road trip with your family, this fishy family needs constant monitoring and care. Instead of stopping for potty breaks, these sharks and stingrays will be fasting right before the trip to help keep the water clean. While air conditioning is the main concern for keeping kids cool, the traveling tanks need to be monitored for safe pH levels. Just like a summer trip, there is a lot of care and time spent with the passengers on their adventure, but at least the sea creatures will not ask “Are we there yet?” along the way!
On Friday morning’s arrival, these sharks, stingrays, and jacks will be welcomed with open arms. The SEA LIFE Minnesota Animal Care team will quickly do a water change to the tanks to ensure a safe water pH level as they are transferred to their final destination. As one can imagine, moving sharks is no easy task, but the skilled staff at SEA LIFE will be taking extra care as they maneuver through the Mall of America’s underground tunnels. After this, the SEA LIFE staff will carefully and quickly transport these sharks and stingrays into two large holding tanks where they will be monitored before joining their new friends at SEA LIFE Minnesota.
SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium showcases over 10,000 sea creatures, allowing visitors to come face to face with animals never-before-seen in Minnesota. The transformation from Underwater Adventures to SEA LIFE, complete in March 2011, made it the third U.S.-based SEA LIFE location. With the newly opened Mysteries of the Rainforest in 2012, and Jellyfish Discovery in 2010, there is always something new and exciting for guests to discover. Now with the addition of Octopus Garden in spring of 2013, SEA LIFE Minnesota continues to feature more fascinating displays and creative hands-on activities, giving kids and families a new level of excitement and understanding of the world’s oceans.