Almost 15 years ago, the Mississippi Gulfcoast was nearly destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. It took away homes, businesses, landmarks, memories and even precious lives. After the worst had passed and people started to rebuild their homes and businesses, we realized that not all of our beloved favorites would be returning. Along with a personal favorite, Wet Willies, everyone was devastated when there was no talk about rebuilding our Aquarium. The Gulfcoast appreciated, enjoyed and took great pride in our Aquarium here and when they never did rebuild, some of us believed it was forever.
When people started hearing, from word of mouth, that the Aquarium that we all missed might actually be rebuilding, people immediately got excited. I can certainly say that most of us have fond memories of visiting there as children and have been sad that our own children would miss out on it. When news of the Aquarium actually being confirmed, the whole Gulfcoast was excited to see them back and better than before.
So, to say we are ready is an understatement, because actually we have been ready since a few weeks after Katrina. The Mississippi Gulfcoast has rebuilt back, better than before, but to some of us it has felt like there’s something still missing. Several of us felt as though a piece of us was gone, even if we couldn’t quite place what it was. This was it everyone! This was exactly what we’ve been missing and the residents here on the Gulfcoast couldn’t be more proud and excited to have our Aquarium back. Now we are actually whole once more, and we thank you for returning and making our community whole once again.
Facts and Attractions in store for The Great Aquarium of Gulfcoast, Mississippi:
1. THE ENTRY FOUNTAIN WILL STAND TALLER THAN
THE BILOXI LIGHTHOUSE.
2. THE GULF STRATA VIEWING WINDOW WILL BE
21 FEET HIGH.
3. THE “GULF TUNNEL” WILL BE 30 FEET LONG
SURROUNDING YOU WITH SEA LIFE.
4. THE CAMPUS WILL BE10X LARGERTHAN THE
5. MORE THAN 50 DIFFERENT SPECIES
OF NON-TOXIC PLANTS.
6. THE LANDSCAPE WILL BE A NATURAL FOOD SOURCE
FOR BIRDS & BUTTERFLIES.
7. EVERY DROP OF WATER WILL BE
FILTERED 16 TIMES PER DAY.
8. THE AQUARIUM’S EXTERIOR HABITATS ARE
1,600 FEET LONG, THAT’S 4.5 FOOTBALL FIELDS!
9. These types of Species that live at Mississippi Aquarium cover water, land and air, specifically including: Alligators, River Otters, River Fish, Dolphins, Stingrays, Shorebirds.
10. The Aquarium will contain 1 million gallons of both salt and fresh water. Sitting on 5.8 acres, the aquarium contains over 80,000 square feet of exhibits connected by landscaped walkways with plantings representing all seven Physiographic Regions of Mississippi