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Florida Marlins’ Planned Aquarium Is All Wet

Written by PETA | June 14, 2010
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The Florida Marlins plan to spend millions on their new stadium, which is set to open in 2012. But they can save countless animals’ lives as well as tons of money by rethinking plans to build two saltwater aquariums as part of the project.

Instead of exposing fish to the loud crowds, bright lights, and reverberations of a baseball stadium in an unnatural environment that will certainly have a negative impact on the health and well-being of the fish, the team should consider one of several innovative alternatives. We’ve asked the Marlins to explore the following possibilities:

  • Artist-designed aquariums full of beautiful blown-glass animals offer unique and eye-catching displays.
  • The stadium could feature a coordinated display of 16 high-definition plasma screens showing underwater footage of sea life. Footage using this technology (called 9X Media) is taken by professional divers and showcases the true magic and mystery of the seas—something that an artificial ecosystem simply cannot replicate.
  • Finally, the Marlins could feature realistic robotic fish like those that the Bridge Marine Science Group in the U.K. plans to use to detect pollution in ports throughout Wales.

Considering all these fresh and innovative alternatives, there’s no reason why the Marlins can’t think “outside the tank.” Let Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria know that you think our suggestions are home runs!

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • troller says:

    If an aquarium just offered glass fish and HD screens showing fish. I wouldn’t bother going to the aquarium. makes no sense to me.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    I love the second idea the hidef screens showing underwater films of the wonders of the sea. When I was young the biggest visual treat in my life was a National Geographic Special featuring Jaques Cousteau and his sons on the Calypso. Also our screensaver is the Virtual Aquarium. Sometimes when I want to veg out and relax I pull up the screensaver put on some music and lower the lights. This is better than any tranquilizer on the market.

  • shannon says:

    It’s likely that the aquaria wouldn’t be on any of the main concourses but instead in the VIP areas where there is a lot less noise. Despite that I do agree that it would not be a smart idea to have ANY aquaria at the ballpark. MLB the committee overseeing the construction of the ballpark and the Marlins organization can surely find a better way to celebrate Miami’s ocean culture.

  • Mary says:

    I like the blownglass animals idea. Imagine how cool it would look when it caught the light. Plus it would have more aesthetic appeal so fans and fish would both be happy!