Sea Life Arizona
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33°23′05″N 111°57′48″W / 33.38472°N 111.96333°W / 33.38472; -111.96333
LocationTempe
OwnerMerlin Entertainments
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Sea Life Arizona is a 26,000 square foot interactive aquarium located at Arizona Mills mall in Tempe, Arizona. The aquarium contains thousands of aquatic creatures, plus interactive touch pools and a 360° ocean tunnel. Sea Life Arizona is owned and operated by Merlin Entertainments, which operates over forty other aquariums in eleven countries on 4 continents.[1] Eight of these are in the United States.[2]

Main species

Whitetip reef shark Hermit crab Angel fish Blacktip reef shark
Lined seahorse Clown triggerfish Atlantic ray Cownose ray Jellyfish
Brown shark Clownfish Green sea turtle Lionfish Starfish
Cleaner shrimp Cowfish Yellow tang fish Blue tang fish

Conservation

Sea Life Arizona provides permanent homes for injured or disabled aquatic creatures who would have otherwise been killed or euthanized. In 2012 the facility became the home of an endangered green sea turtle named Ziva, who was placed in the Tempe aquarium's 161,000 gallon display.[2][3]

Sea Life aquariums worldwide breed many species of seahorse, which are at risk of extinction because of overfishing and trade.[4][5] Some Sea Life facilities also have seahorse exhibits to educate visitors about the creatures and their threatened status.[6]

References

  1. ^ "Visitor's Guide to Sea Life Arizona Aquarium".
  2. ^ a b "Survive Phoenix heat: Take the kids to a cool aquarium".
  3. ^ "Help Center - the Arizona Republic".
  4. ^ "International Protections for Seahorses Take Effect May 15 | Press Releases | WWF". www.worldwildlife.org. Archived from the original on 2014-03-03.
  5. ^ medicine.https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/seahorse/vincent.html
  6. ^ "Save Our Seahorses". www.saveourseahorses.org. Archived from the original on 2012-08-29.