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MIAMI SEAQUARIUM AND ITS EXHIBITS

MIAMI SEAQUARIUM AND ITS EXHIBITS Seaquarium, the world’s largest tropical marine aquarium, occupies a fifty-five-acre site beside Biscayne Bay on Virginia Key, s i x miles from the centre of the city of Miami, Florida. It is about three mdes due south of Miami Beach and is reached by the Rickenbacker Causeway, whch h k s Virginia Key and Key Biscayne with the mainland. The property is bounded on the west by the waters of Key Biscayne and on the south by Bear Cut, a half-mde-wide channel leading directly to the Atlantic Ocean. The Seaquarium is built upon filled land. The site was originally a mangrove swamp, and was elevated by pumping sand and rock with hydraulic dredges from the bottom of the bay. This has raised the land to an average elevation of approximately 5 ft. above mean high tide. Highest elevation of the site is 11 ft. above sea level. Construction was begun early in 1954, and the initial marine exhibits comprising the Seaquarium were completed and opened to the public on 24th September 1955. The exhibits have been designed to be so numerous, varied and entertaining that visitors can spend several hours in enjoying the entertainments and in inspecting all http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Zoo Yearbook Wiley

MIAMI SEAQUARIUM AND ITS EXHIBITS

International Zoo Yearbook , Volume 4 (1) – Jan 1, 1963

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Wiley
Copyright
© 1963 The Zoological Society of London
ISSN
0074-9664
eISSN
1748-1090
DOI
10.1111/j.1748-1090.1963.tb03600.x
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Abstract

Seaquarium, the world’s largest tropical marine aquarium, occupies a fifty-five-acre site beside Biscayne Bay on Virginia Key, s i x miles from the centre of the city of Miami, Florida. It is about three mdes due south of Miami Beach and is reached by the Rickenbacker Causeway, whch h k s Virginia Key and Key Biscayne with the mainland. The property is bounded on the west by the waters of Key Biscayne and on the south by Bear Cut, a half-mde-wide channel leading directly to the Atlantic Ocean. The Seaquarium is built upon filled land. The site was originally a mangrove swamp, and was elevated by pumping sand and rock with hydraulic dredges from the bottom of the bay. This has raised the land to an average elevation of approximately 5 ft. above mean high tide. Highest elevation of the site is 11 ft. above sea level. Construction was begun early in 1954, and the initial marine exhibits comprising the Seaquarium were completed and opened to the public on 24th September 1955. The exhibits have been designed to be so numerous, varied and entertaining that visitors can spend several hours in enjoying the entertainments and in inspecting all

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International Zoo YearbookWiley

Published: Jan 1, 1963

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