Baltimore's National Aquarium, facing the temporary closing next year of its two huge "ring tanks" during a major overhaul, will be moving nearly 2,000 fish into other exhibits but has not yet decided where to put its sharks, the attraction's director said yesterday.
Since publication of an article in Sunday's editions of The Sun about the lengthy repair work, the aquarium has received hundreds of calls from people who were concerned that the whole facility might have to close. Director Nicholas Brown emphasized yesterday that not only will the aquarium remain open but that it also is "spending a million dollars on a replacement exhibit" -- a five-story-high laser show -- to be seen during the time of the repairs.
"We close exhibits all the time," Mr. Brown said. "We've never closed anything as big as that. It is going to change the face of the aquarium, but it's still going to be worth visiting."