Typically, between one and two thousand people visit the aquarium daily. Due to its temporary closure and with the majority of its revenue generated from ticket sales, the aquarium is struggling with an estimated $3 million revenue loss. Once Lincoln County moves into Phase 2, the aquarium will reopen with a one-way path through the aquarium. A few areas, such as the touch pool, will remain closed. In the meantime, staff has been reduced and volunteers have been unable to help with the care, feeding and maintenance of the facility.
Learn what a day is like for an aquarist, an aviculturist, an a mammologist. Staff at the aquarium are busy preparing food, planning animal enrichment activities and continuing training to keep the animals mentally stimulated.
It’s currently breeding season for the sea birds, and staff are closely monitoring the nests and the birds’ behavior. The seals and sea lions miss the attention of visitors, so staff are conducting training sessions through visitor observation windows where these mammals can see them.