The Alaska SeaLife Center is currently performing a routine maintenance project on one of its larger exhibits. Earlier this week the tank in the Aviary was drained so that work can be completed on the tank walls. New sealant is being applied to the edges of the acrylic tanks to prevent water leaks. In addition to the tank being worked on, all of the netting in the aviary will also be replaced. The exhibit will be under construction through late November.
The work has been postponed until the end of the busiest part of the visitor season, but needs to be completed before ambient temperatures fall too low for the curing process to proceed successfully. These tanks have been in constant use since the Center opened in May, 1998, and this is only the second time since opening that the tank in the aviary has been drained.
The Alaska SeaLife Center will be offering a 30% discount to visitors during the time that the work is being completed and the exhibit is down. For the duration of the project, all of the inhabitants of the Aviary have been relocated to various locations within the SeaLife Center; unfortunately, the birds have been moved into an area out of the public view. All other exhibits including the harbor seal and Steller sea lion exhibits, various aquariums and touch tank are still fully operational. Daily interpretive programs will also continue without any disruption.