Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

January 24, 2022
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Boston’s fishy business

The recent 10-month, $17-million redesign of the New England Aquarium’s Giant Ocean Tank will make any marine enthusiast want to visit. Twelve metres wide and as much as eight metres deep, the tank is so big that the rest of the 44-year-old aquarium was built around it. Add in that the aquarium want its 1.3 million visitors to experience the Caribbean as it was before the arrival of Columbus with the tank’s new coral reef, and the Boston aquarium might experience a flood — of people. The revamp saw its manmade coral reefs grow to four-storeys tall and its aquatic inhabitants more than double to 2000. Its windows have been lowered so toddlers can walk up and see the sharks, and a second platform has been built over top where visitors can feed Myrtle, the 250-kilo sea turtle who has lived in the tank since 1970. There are new exhibits, too: one with seven smaller tanks for a close-up look at creatures who rest on the giant tank’s bottom, and another that includes a lobster lab and shark nursery. Timed tickets: adults US$24.95, kids 3 to 11 US$17.95. tel: (617) 973-5200;

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