Thursday, July 21, 2011

MOODY GARDENS ALLOWS GUESTS TO EXPLORE FOUR OCEANS OF THE WORLD WITH 10-STORY AQUARIUM PYRAMID

Moody Gardens' live penguin webcam is a portal to one of the areas within the Aquarium Pyramid
Galveston Island Family Leisure Destination Offers One of Texas’ Largest Aquariums

GALVESTON ISLAND, Texas — On Galveston Island, guests don’t have to be expert divers or marine biologists to explore the ocean. That’s because the Aquarium Pyramid at Moody Gardens brings four oceans of the world right to them.


With 1.5 million gallons of water and more than 10,000 marine animals, the Aquarium Pyramid showcases the complex beauty of the North Pacific, South Pacific, South Atlanta and Caribbean in four exhibits within the 10-story blue-glass aquarium building. The pyramid also includes tide pools, “touch tanks” and unique viewing opportunities as well as underwater classrooms and learning experiences for guests of all ages.


“The Aquarium Pyramid is one of the largest and most fascinating aquariums in Texas,” said Greg Whitaker, animal husbandry manger at Moody Gardens. “You can see and learn about everything from penguins, to sharks to seals as well as thousands of species of fish and plant life.”


The popular Aquarium Pyramid, a $50 million investment that opened in 1999, is divided into four regions, corresponding to the points on a compass. Each region represents a different area of the oceanic world.


In the North Pacific exhibit, guests can observe playful fur seals before continuing on to witness the colorful fishes and beautiful coral reefs of the South Pacific exhibit. King Penguins entertain guests for hours as they play and feed in the frigid South Atlantic exhibit. For a unique experience, guests can participate in a “Penguin Encounter” and meet a real penguin up close. In the walk-through tunnel of the Caribbean exhibit, sharks swim above guests’ heads for a unique view of these fascinating creatures.


The Aquarium Pyramid is just one of many attractions at Moody Gardens, which is also home to a Rainforest Pyramid, Discovery Museum, Giant Screen 3D Theater, and Ridefilm Theater as well as a man made white-sand beach and Colonel Paddlewheel Boat.


For more information about Moody Gardens call (800) 582-4673 or visit www.moodygardens.org.


Moody Gardens® is a public, non-profit educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research.