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Kansas City debuts their first Aquarium, SEA LIFE, at Crown Center today. The aquarium offers an underwater ocean tunnel and more than 5,000 Sea Creatures. Among those Sea Creatures are a Blacktip Reef Shark, Common Octopus, many Hermit Crabs, Cownosed Sting Rays and Big Bellied Seahorses. When viewing the aquarium customers will see multiple Jellyfish, Nemo Fish or Clownfish, Piranha Fish, Lionfish and Starfish.

Guests will “come nose to nose with sharks and prepare for astonishingly close views of everything from humble starfish and seahorses to graceful rays,” according to the official SEA LIFE Kansas City website.

Children of all ages will be able to hold a crab in their hands or touch a starfish in the aquarium’s Interactive Rockpool Experience. SEA LIFE will also debut their own Bay of Ray where customers can pet sting rays. Kansas City’s aquarium includes 30 aquatic displays, including the Temple of Seahorses, Shipwreck and Ocean. Along with the displays, SEA LIFE provides a soft play area for young children.

Employees at SEA LIFE, will be participating in educational discussions and feed shows throughout the day. They also encourage people to come visit Kansas City’s own aquarium on opening day, when tickets began at ten dollars. On regular business days, tickets for adults (13 years and older) will be 19 dollars at the door and 14 dollars online. For children between the ages of three and twelve, tickets at the door are 15 dollars and 10 dollars online. However, children that are two years or younger get into SEA LIFE free of charge.

“SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium will transport you into the amazing underwater world,” according to the official SEA LIFE Kansas City website.

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