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Great Lakes Aquarium Welcomes 200 New Fish from Down Under

Updated: 04/30/2014 10:37 PM
Created: 04/30/2014 5:01 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson

The Great Lakes Aquarium had quite the delivery earlier this month for their saltwater exhibit opening in July. Now, in the holding area beneath the aquarium, the nearly 200 new arrivals are getting used to their new home.

The fish traveled all the way from the other side of the world.

"The total amount of time they were in transit is about 45 hours," explained senior aquarist, Barb Kellerman.

It took them quite a while to get from Australia, but Kellerman said now they have everything they need for the exhibit "Shipwrecks Alive!" opening this summer.

"We have anything from a damsel fish, which is about an inch long, to our zebra shark, which is about 5 feet long," she said.

The zebra shark will be the largest animal featured in the new saltwater exhibit, which will be the largest of its kind at the aquarium.

Kellerman said the shark could reach 10 feet fully grown.

But in the shipment of 178 fish, there is quite the variety. There are colorful fish, puffer fish, tiny fish, and big fish, too.

"We have some large groupers that should be pretty interactive. They kind of hang out in the window and kind of check people out and one of our large puffer fish will do the same thing," said Kellerman.

With the saltwater critters the aquarium already had, such as their three cownose stingrays, "Shipwrecks Alive!" will hold about 300 fish. Visitors still have to wait a few months to see them on exhibit, but Kellerman said the wait is worth it because it will be full of fish people in the Northland rarely get to see.

"Shipwrecks Alive!" is expected to open the first week of July.

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