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August 4, 1990 | ERIK FAIR, Erik Fair is a writer based in Santa Ana
When Gordon and Betty Wrubel built a custom saltwater aquarium-cabinet into the staircase of their Newport Beach home, they had no idea how quickly a couple of tropical fish named Taffy and Batman would swim into their hearts. Betty even cried a few months later when Taffy died. The small creature couldn't compete for food in the ecological shakedown of the Wrubels' new miniature ocean.
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August 1, 1995 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Long Beach Harbor Commission took one more step Monday toward ensuring that the city will get a proposed $100-million aquarium by passing a measure pledging its support for the project. The unanimous vote of the commission means that Long Beach, which wants the aquarium as part of an economic recovery plan, is maintaining its lead over numerous rivals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1995
The Long Beach City Council has taken the final plunge, authorizing the sale of up to $130 million in bonds to pay for the construction of a world-class aquarium to boost the city's downtown economic revival. The bonds, which the city plans to sell next month, are to be repaid from ticket sales and other revenue generated by the "Aquarium of the Pacific," officials said. The aquarium is expected to cost about $110 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1997
Sporting brilliant colors and exotic names, the first fish have arrived at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific. "Here they are, our first residents," said marine biologist Sandy Brick. "It is so exciting to put the very first fish in." Currently 22 yellow tangs and nasotangs are in the Tropical Pacific Preview tank as about 100 construction workers finish the spectacular wave-shaped structure scheduled to open in June. The aquarium near Queensway Bay will have 21 major exhibit tanks.
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April 8, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Seven juvenile giant clams were stolen from an exhibit of the threatened species at the Waikiki Aquarium, and officials appealed for their return. The clams, ranging in length from 1 to 4 inches, were part of a new display of 44 of the shellfish, said Andrew Rossiter, director of the aquarium. "It was a betrayal of the trust we have in the public," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1993 | LYNDA NATALI
Fish lovers can get a behind-the-scenes look at the inhabitants of Orange Coast College's aquarium during an open house Friday. Marine science students will lead visitors on tours of the aquarium, which includes exotic sea creatures collected from local waters. The free tours of Orange County's largest cold-water aquarium will take place from 10 a.m. to noon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 1993 | GEOFF BOUCHER
The county's largest aquarium, the popular but beleaguered 1,000-gallon exhibit at Orange Coast College, is again in danger of closing for lack of funds, school officials said. A fund-raising goal of $10,000 has been set to meet maintenance costs for the aquarium, which is viewed year-round by a steady parade of area youngsters who get free tours and lectures about the hundreds of specimens collected from nearby waters, said marine biology professor Dennis Kelly.
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September 11, 1992 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Don has begun waking up at 2:30 a.m., panicked about catching more fish. Bob is still looking for a few good rocks. And Harvey hasn't arrived. The first two have less than a week left to ready the new Stephen Birch Aquarium-Museum, a $14-million facility with a man-made tide pool--replete with small waves--and a spectacular panoramic view of the coast. Harvey is blase. The 100-pound grouper has not gotten into the swim of things.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1992 | LYNDA NATALI
Two anonymous gifts have saved Orange Coast College's cold-water aquarium from closing--at least for now, college officials announced. The two gifts, totaling $5,000, were received by the aquarium last week following newspaper reports that the aquarium was in danger of shutting down. One $2,500 donation was given by a corporation while the other $2,500 gift was presented by an individual. The aquarium's rescue was its second. In late 1989, it was closed for a year because of a lack of funding.
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May 27, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Staff at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas recalled that in the days after Hurricane Katrina, there were so many dead fish floating on the surface of the giant tanks that it almost looked as if a person could walk across the tops of them. Those tanks are teeming with life again, as were viewing corridors, as the New Orleans aquarium reopened to the public for the first time since Katrina blew out windows and cut power for longer than generators could hold out.
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