The Aquarium is open and has begun a renovation that will renew its main building to the core. During this project, the Giant Ocean Tank is undergoing a top-to-bottom, 21st-century transformation. Our Giant Ocean Tank animals have taken over the penguin exhibit during construction, and most of the penguins have been moved off-site. They will return when the renovation is completed in early summer 2013. In the meantime you can visit the little blue penguins in their temporary exhibit out the back doors toward the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center.
The Giant Ocean Tank is 23 feet deep, 40 feet wide and holds 200,000 gallons of salt water. The water is heated to approximately 74°F, which is a perfect temperature for this tropical exhibit. This tank is so big that it was built first, and then the rest of the Aquarium was built around it.