Many aquariums are doing the best possible to not only built a center of attraction for visitors but also to create a safe haven for sea creatures. Or at least, that’s what Oregon, Staten Island Zoo, and Monterey Bay Aquarium projects are up to.

According to Tom Banse from KUOW, Oregon Aquarium is planning to put up a rehabilitation facility for several abandoned sea creatures.

Oregon aquarium plans a $4.75 million rehabilitation facility for sick or stranded sea animals

The aquarium in Newport currently uses several older repurposed buildings to diagnose and treat rescued marine creatures. But aquarium leaders want to build a new, higher-capacity wildlife rehab center. The aquarium is set to expand in stages as funds are secured, starting with an additional sea otter holding pool,  assistant curator of marine mammals Brittany Blades said.

“Right now there aren’t enough facilities, like zoos and aquariums, who can take in stranded pups that aren’t able to be released back into the wild,” Blades said in an interview beside the otter exhibit.

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If the $4.75 million project goes well, these animals will have won themselves a safe haven in the Oregon Aquarium Center.

After so many months of renovation, the Staten Island Zoo reopened to the public, reports Shira Stoll from SHILIVE.

Staten Island Zoo officially opens aquarium with ribbon cutting ceremony

The new tanks represent distinct regions: Tropical Coral Reef, Pacific Kelp Forest, Southeast Asian Freshwater Habitat and Atlantic/Caribbean Sea Life. Kenneth Mitchell, executive director of the Staten Island Zoo, expressed his gratitude toward everyone who helped make the “wonderful new aquarium at America’s littlest city.”

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The renovation cost the zoo about $9.3 million, and there is a more breathtaking zoo with a promising immersive experience.

According to the Californian report, people that want to pay a visit to Monterey Bay Aquarium for free will have a chance for that.

Want to go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for free? Your chance is coming

Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito County residents can go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for free Dec. 1 through  Dec. 9 during the annual Community Open House. Residents from the three counties must present photo identification and proof of residence at the main entrance to receive free admission, according to the aquarium.

Current student ID from any university or community college located within any of these counties, utility bills, and monthly bus passes from Monterey-Salinas Transit, Santa Cruz Metro and San Benito County Express are also valid as proof of residence.

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The nine-day event, which will run from Dec 1 through Dec 9, will give you an opportunity to access different parts of the Aquarium without paying a dime.


These are some of the most popular ongoing aquarium projects right now. And they are always open to the public.