News Alert * For Immediate Release
September 23, 2013
THE LOVELAND LIVING PLANET AQUARIUM HAS NEW SHARK TUNNEL LIFTED THROUGH THE ROOF OF THE NEW BUILDING TO PUT IT INTO PLACE
Media invited to video the lifting of the shark tunnel into the new building. Video and Photo Opportunity: The shark tunnel will be lifted starting at 7:30 a.m. barring weather, construction or other unforeseen other delays. The lift is estimated to take between 15 and 30 minutes.
Draper, UT- September 23, 2013 The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium will be lifting the new 40 foot shark tunnel weighing over 26,000 pounds through the roof into the new aquarium Wednesday September 25, 2013 at 7:30 a.m. at their new location: 12033 Lone Peak Parkway in Draper, UT.
This tunnel made from 6 ½ inch thick Plexiglas will allow visitors to get up close and personal with the sharks of the Living Planet Aquarium by walking through the 40 foot tunnel and watching them swim overhead. There are several new species of sharks that will be calling the Living Planet Aquarium home when it opens in December 2013.
When asked to comment on this milestone, founder Brent Andersen said, “Nearly a full year’s construction has been accomplished to allow this milestone in the Aquarium to be achieved. The 40 ft tunnel weighs over 26,000 pounds, and has only 1 inch of clearance on each end as it is lowered into place in the shark tank. Soon visitors will be able to “walk under the ocean” and view several species of sharks cruising overhead.”
The Living Planet Aquarium was founded in 1999 with one van that visited local elementary schools to educate students about science. It has since moved into and outgrown two buildings and is ready to move into its third. The Sandy location of The Living Planet Aquarium closed on September 10 and the new building located at 12033 Lone Peak Parkway in Draper is scheduled to open in mid-December if everything remains on schedule.
The new facility contains many new opportunities for TLPA including larger habitats for the animals, more room for visitors, a new 4D Theater and meeting rooms that can be rented out for various private and corporate events. The shark tunnel is just one of the many exciting new exhibits that will help to fulfill our goal of encouraging the public in Utah to explore, discover and learn about Earth’s diverse ecosystems.
The Living Planet Aquarium is a tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to inspiring people to explore, discover and learn about Earth’s diverse ecosystems.