Sydney Aquarium Re-opens After $10 Million Refurbishment

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Sydney's SEA LIFE Aquarium finalls reopened in September, after a $10 million refurbishment, and now includes a Shark Walk and the Bay of Rays.

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Sydney's public aquarium reopened today (Sep. 24), renamed the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Six months and over US $10 million ($10 million AUD) later, the aquarium is finally finished.

Boasting fourteen new theme-zones, it has total of 13 thousand animals and 700 different species.

The new 'shark walk' is sure to be a hit. It has a glass-floored viewing area where visitors can look down at over fifty sharks.Other new areas include the Tropical Bay of Rays, an interactive Discovery Rockpool, and Dugong Island where visitors can watch 'sea cows.'

In the past week, cranes had to be used to lift some of the heavier animals into their habitats. And to host all of these animals, the aquarium used over 2 million gallons of water.

Clover Moore, Sydney's Lord Mayor, was happy with the new oceanarium, and what will surely be more tourists.

[Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney]:
"You know, we're a harbor city, and I mean, this is fascinating, because this is what's happening just below us, and to get an insight into that, and I think it's quite a wonderful experience."

Currently, single-trip passes are selling online for as low as $14.

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