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Issue Date: February 2012

Sea World

Lauren McGrath

We all finally get the chance to look beneath the waves at the new Greater Cleveland Aquarium, which opened Jan. 21 in The Flats' Powerhouse building. The state's only freestanding aquarium is split into six zones, including one that highlights the fish of Ohio's lakes and rivers. Visitors can explore 40 tanks; pet stingrays, starfish and other creatures in a 7,000-gallon touch tank; and walk through a 149-foot tunnel while sharks and other fishes swim overhead. Here are some of the other numbers behind the city's newest attraction.


Pounds of salt the aquarium used to make saltwater

90 minutes

Time it takes to tour the Greater Cleveland Aquarium


Gallons of water in the entire aquarium

1,402 miles

Distance fish were shipped, by truck, from Key West, Fla.


number of Shipments to get all the fish here


Minimum number of visitors expected in the first year


Size of the aquarium, in square feet

5,000+ fish

Number housed at the aquarium


Number of sharks in the shark tank


Gallons of water in the shark tank

Saturday, February 18, 2012 11:26:32 AM by Anonymous
What was with the 3rd party recruiter that the aquarium contracted to hire it's people? During a publicly announced open hiring event downtown at the Power House, the recruiter couldn't have been more stand-off-ish when hundreds of people showed up and they turned away just about everybody who "didn't have a pre-set appointment" (?). As an operations manager, I was turned away because "I wasn't invited." There seemed to be limited follow-up when I went through the proper channels to apply...and the hiring just still didn't seem to be well organized by this recruiter. Someone at the Aquarium should know about this unfortunate incident. If this comment is not published, please forward it to the Aquarium.
Thursday, February 23, 2012 7:36:52 PM by Anonymous
My 17 month old grandson loved everything. I found much to be desired. No perch id really!?! The young woman near the gators told us gators/ fresh, crocs /salt. Been to Australia, S. Carolina I don't like misinformation. One wall poster says Cuyahoga River goes all the way to the Mississippi. Seriously? Geauga Co s. through Portage, Summit, and n. to the lake does not reach the Mississippi. No discounts for AAA, G. Buckeye, Zoo membership. Must leave to eat and no provision to return. I won't take guest until they clean up their operation especially the cloudy tanks.

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