Sea Turtle at The Living Planet Aquarium

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The Living Planet Aquarium inspires people to explore, discover and learn about Earth’s diverse ecosystems. We are dedicated to cultivating public interest in the environment, conservation, and the enhancement of our planet and its creatures through adoption, education, research and recreation.

Join us while on our blog where we explore the Earth’s many inhabitants- some of which reside at The Living Planet Aquarium and some that don’t- but all of which are important to our ecosystem.

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The Cuttlefish


We’re excited to announce a new exhibit that will be at the Draper location of The Living Planet Aquarium when we open.  We’ve been raising baby cuttlefish and one of our interns, Cami McKellar, has even conducted some training with them.  (See her videos on YouTube)

Cuttlefish are marine animals that belong to the class Cephalopoda, which means they’re related to squid, octopuses and the nautilus.  There are over 100 species of cuttlefish in the world and they are pretty amazing animals.

Cuttlefish have eight arms that come out of the front of their body and are used to catch prey.  They eat small mollusks, crab, shrimp, octopuses and each other. Cuttlefish are extremely smart and have evolved with some really cool ways to capture prey.

They are sometimes referred to as ‘the masters of disguise’ because of their ability to blend in to match their surroundings almost instantaneously.  When camouflage doesn't work to catch dinner they instead start flashing different colors, which seems to hypnotize other animals in the ocean. 

 Cuttlefish have large, W shaped eyes that are very sophisticated and have no blind spot. They also have three hearts that pump their copper rich, green-blue blood.  Like other cephalopods they have ink that they can use to help evade predators. 

 We’re excited to show off our cuttlefish in a few short months! We look forward to seeing you in Draper! 

Baby Sharks at The Living Planet Aquarium

 

 

Look what the stork dropped off at The Living Planet Aquarium! In this case the stork is actually an Australian cargo plane, and the babies are five shark pups that arrived on July 11th from northeast Australia. The pups were flown to Los Angeles in self-contained, water-tight tanks complete with battery-powered aerators. After water tests, health inspections, and water changes, the new arrivals were loaded into a truck for the trip to their new home in Utah. A temperature-controlled truck drove through the night to avoid the daytime desert heat.

 

 

Three of the new additions are Gray Reef Sharks, and the other two are Blacktip Reef Sharks. They are on display in the shark tank located in the Ocean Explorer gallery. Each measures approximately 3 feet long with the potential to reach up to 8 feet in length. The older sharks were temporarily moved to a behind-the-scenes holding tank to give the pups a chance to settle in. “We wanted to get small sharks that will grow and mature before we open our new facility, which will include an 80 foot long, 300,000 gallon shark habitat,” said Andy Allison, Curator of Animals. “They arrived just in time for Shark Week which will allow us to partner with Discovery Channel to maximize the impact of our education programs,” said Allison. A new Giant Shovelnose Ray and a White Spotted Guitarfish will also accompany the sharks in their new habitat.

 

 

The arrival of the sharks marks the beginning of an exciting period for the Aquarium, which will culminate with the opening of a brand new aquarium in late 2013. The pups will remain on exhibit in the Sandy location until they are ready for transfer next year to the new aquarium in Draper.

 

 

Visit the aquarium during Shark Week (August 12-18) to participate in shark activities, learn all about these fascinating predators of the ocean, and of course, visit the new baby sharks!

 

Time Lapse Video of Construction of the New Building

Work continued on the new Loveland Living Planet Aquarium despite the snow storms of the past month.  Check out the next time-lapse video below.