SEA LIFE Orlando hit another milestone in its construction with the filling of the Atlantic Ocean Habitat, which will consist of 192,000 gallons of water once filled.
The entire habitat will take approximately two days to fill and after that, aquarists will work to fill more than 30 additional habitats around the aquarium.
The water will then have to go through a filtration process where the salt is added and then the water will be tweaked until it is ready for the animals that will inhabit it, including sea stars, rays, sharks and more. All of which will be arriving over the next several months.
Rowdy Gaines, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame inductee, NBC swimming analyst, and Central Florida resident joined Steve Blair, Curator, Merlin Animal Welfare and Development for SEA LIFE Orlando, for this special milestone.
“This is a huge day for SEA LIFE, as we are one step closer to the grand opening on May 4,” said Blair. “We are excited to inspire children to fall in love with the oceans of the world and the animals who call it their home.”
To be among the first to be nose-to-nose with sea animals, be sure to sign up for their newsletter at VisitSeaLife.com/Orlando for the chance to visit May 1-3, ahead of the attraction’s May 4 grand opening.