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Riverside Aquarium Opens Its Doors

Riverside Aquarium Opens Its Doors - views of the six...

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After five years of intensive planning, fundraising, and construction, at a cost of more than $14 million, the Riverside Aquarium opened its doors April 10 to great fanfare and high expectations. The board of directors predicts that the aquarium will draw more than 100,000 people each year and will infuse dollars into the struggling economy of the city. Indeed, more than 2,000 people visited the new facility on the first day. After being greeted by the aquarium’s mascot, visitors were treated to many educational programs, demonstrations, “feeding frenzies,” and breathtaking
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Unformatted text preview: views of the six million gallons of water and the thousands of inhabitants in the aquarium’s many tanks. The River View glass wall located on the aquarium’s lower level was a favorite among the crowd. “It’s cool,” said seven-year-old Melanie Staley. “You can see all the fish in the river.” Riverside’s resident dolphins, Dolly and Finny, gave three performances in the aquarium’s Dolphin Stadium. The action-packed show incorporated dolphin acrobatics, audience participation, and highlighted the natural intelligence of dolphins....
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