SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium
is a public aquarium
located in the Mall of America
in Bloomington, Minnesota
. It is home to more than 10,000 aquatic creatures, including a large collection of sharks
, sea turtles, stingrays and freshwater fish. The aquarium also features sea turtles
, and lobsters
. Freshwater exhibits include game fish from the northern region of the United States, several giant catfish
and a alligator gar
from the southern United States.
The aquarium includes a clear acrylic tunnel that lets visitors explore the underwater world while remaining dry. The aquarium also claims to have the "world's largest jellyfish collection" and the "world's largest shark exhibit".
The aquarium at the Mall of America was opened in 1996 under the name Underwater World. The aquarium took 18 months to build. In 2000, the re-opening of the aquarium changed its name to Underwater Adventures Aquarium. In 2008, the aquarium became a part of British
-based Merlin Entertainments
group of attractions, and was rebranded as a Sea Life Centres
in March 2011.
In the summer of 2009, the aquarium debuted a brand new exhibit, Seahorse Kingdom, as well as a brand new touchpool for guests to interact more with sea life. This touch pool will be replaced with two new ones following the renaming.
In March 2010, Jellyfish Discovery was opened as the largest jellyfish exhibit worldwide.
When the aquarium reopened in 2011 as SEA LIFE... Read More