If you can’t wait for the National Aquarium to open – you’ll have to wait a bit longer. The grand opening of the Blacktip Reef exhibit which was set for July 10th has been postponed.
CEO John Racanelli explained that 1200 animals will live in the display eventually, but that they need extra time to help the animals to acclimate. On Tuesday, the aquarium will put the 500 pound sea turtle Calypso to the 260,000 gallon tank. In late July, the blacktip reef sharks will also be introduced.
The aquarium is planning to reschedule the grand opening for early August, rather than the original plan of July 10th. The exhibit should be open for full enjoyment at that time, and should be well worth the $12.5 million spent on it.