Friday, Miami Seaquarium is opening back up to the public. It's been over 30 days since the Seaquarium closed its doors due to Hurricane Irma and a lot had to be done to get the facility ready before and after Irma.
“The south side of our park was the most vulnerable, and so we spent the most time getting those areas ready before the storm,” said the attraction’s President and General Manager, Andrew Hertz.
The Seaquarium also suffered some damages from downed trees and carpet that had to be ripped out inside of one of the centers because of the salt water that flooded part of it.
Not only did workers have to get acclimated all over again after Irma, so did the animals. Some, like the penguins, had to be evacuated to higher ground. The seals were still going through training while the Seaquarium was closed.
“We actually made it a point to do these type of interaction with them every day, so they didn't lose it, and will be very easy for them to get back into it when we do reopen,” said animal training manager Marni Wood.
As the park prepares for the big reopening, you can expect some killer deals. All guests can buy discounted tickets online lasting all of October. The park will make a donation of $5 per ticket to the American Red Cross. For the employees, the excitement is building for the reopening.
First responders, as well as military members and utility and power workers, will get free admission with proper ID as well as 50 percent off tickets for up to four guests until November 12th.
“It’s going to feel like Christmas morning,” Hertz said. “It's going to feel great, because you come to work and there's always hard work to be done no matter what day it is, but I have the best job in the world, because every single day I can walk out and see people enjoying the park, I see the end product of all my hard work every day.”
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