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Point Defiance Zoo’s Plans for a New Aquarium

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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium located in Tacoma, Washington, reveals its plans for a new complex that will feature a modern aquarium with bigger facilities for marine mammals and family-friendly adventures, ranging from animal feeding to scuba diving with the fish. Visitors will also be awed by watching several shark species devouring their lunch or else admire the Marine Discovery Center, touching sea stars and sea urchins.

According to Zoo officials, the new aquarium will replace the North Pacific Aquarium opened in 1963, which is deteriorating and showing signs of corrosion. It will cover some 35,000 to 40,000 square feet area and cost about $30 million to $40 million. Visitors will find species from the Pacific Rim, including beluga whales, a Pacific walrus and large sharks.

The proposed complex will be placed across the road from where Rocky Shores currently sits. The space is now occupied by a covered pavilion in a picnic area along Five Mile Drive. A warm-water stream is planned to run alongside the aquarium and an elevator lead from the new complex to the shoreline.

Those who are more than adventurous can pay an extra fee and snorkel or ‘snuba dive’ (between snorkeling and scuba diving) with underwater critters in a warm-water pool.

With an average 500,000 annual visitors, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is the second most visited year-round attraction in Pierce County, after Mt Rainier National Park.

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