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Ventura Harbor is being considered as the possible site for an aquarium as part of a broader effort to establish the biggest marine education and visitor center between Monterey and Los Angeles, according to officials. The plan calls for building an aquarium and marine learning center adjacent to Channel Islands National Park headquarters, where federal officials are already working with community groups to build a children's environmental education center.
If a Christmas gift from the mall just won't do this year, Valencia resident Tom Wise has created an eccentric alternative to fruitcake and sweaters. How about a five-foot-tall, elephant-shaped aquarium? Ordering the acrylic-sculpted tank is as simple as picking up the phone and calling the toll-free number for the 1994 Neiman-Marcus Christmas book. Paying for the tank, however, is another matter. The 300-gallon aquarium costs $120,000. Fish are not included.
December 15, 2012 | By Joyce Smith
Just putting a price on a product and sticking it on a shelf is so old school. And with consumers buying more online each year, bricks-and-mortar retailers are working harder to add entertainment to their mix - from American Girl's scavenger hunts to the Art of Shaving's product demonstrations. These experiences are something consumers can't get from online shopping. "You can buy a product just about everywhere. They are trying to add a different element so it is not just about the product," said Wendy Liebmann, chief executive of WSL/Strategic Retail, a retail strategy firm in New York.
April 7, 1991 | DAVID WEDDLE, David Weddle is a free-lance writer based in Malibu.
The sun is bright, the air heavy. It's Easter, the busiest week of the year for Sea World's mega-marine park in Orlando, Fla., and the huge whale and dolphin stadium is packed for the early afternoon show. For the crowd--shifting restlessly in Sea World hats and T-shirts--this will be the peak experience. They have chuckled over the antics of the penguins and walruses, gaped at the tropical fish and gasped at the razor-toothed sharks. But this is what they've come for.
August 16, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Octopuses' eight tentacles divide up into six "arms" and two "legs," a study published by a chain of commercial aquariums said Thursday. Helped by more than 2,000 observations by visitors, teams of aquatic specialists carried out a study showing that the creatures seemed to favor their first three pairs of tentacles for grabbing and using objects, Sea Life aquariums said. "One can assume that the front six tentacles have the function of arms, and that the back two take over the function of legs," said Sea Life biologist Oliver Walenciak.
February 17, 1991
In our fifth year of drought, how can anyone feel entitled to aesthetic luxuries such as Mr. Rorabaugh's humongous swimming pool, which requires 288,000 gallons of water, "plus two 900-gallon aquariums, koi pools, waterfalls and ponds galore"? ("Millionaire's Dream Castle Rises on a Rancho Santa Fe Hill," Feb. 10.) We are concerned about keeping our 150 avocado trees and family fruit trees alive. Surely this will be a magnificent showplace. Imagine, a 22-car garage. The article did not give the number of bathrooms, but if correlated to the square footage of the house and the garage, it must have, at the very least, 25 to 30. I wonder if the Rorabaughs glance at Lake Hodges when they drive by and wonder where the water went?
October 4, 2002
Kudos to Jerry Hirsch for his excellent but ultimately depressing Sept. 28 article on the tropical fish industry, "Tropical Catch of the Day." There are a lot of ways to make money. But efforts to improve the ways in which the tropical fish are caught notwithstanding, people like Walt Smith are making a lot of money by selling something that does not belong to them. Moreover, their actions represent just one more area in which human beings are contributing not only to the demise of myriad species and natural habitats on the planet but, ultimately, to our own demise.
August 21, 2011 | By Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Times
Who knew that the little, algae-lined glass jar on your child's dresser, the one that contains a yellowy-orange fish named Penny, is an important cultural object? Bernd Brunner does, but that's not surprising. The Berlin-based author has devoted his other books - on the moon and bears in the woods - to things that are easily taken for granted and overlooked. And now, with "The Ocean At Home: An Illustrated History of the Aquarium" (Reaktion Books/University of Chicago Press: 168 pp., $29 paper)
November 13, 1988 | MARK FINEMAN, Times Staff Writer
Barnet Shutman, a Long Island salesman, was sitting in his hotel room here the other day when suddenly he thought of Nancy Reagan. Within seconds, it inspired a new ad campaign. "It came to me like a flash," the 28-year-old Shutman recalled. " 'Just say no to cyanide.' " Shutman buys and sells tropical fish, and the new slogan is part of a pioneering crusade that his company, based on Long Island, N.Y., is about to launch in one of America's fastest-growing hobby industries.
Something fishy is happening amid the cafes and shops of Long Beach's trendy Pine Avenue that hints at the latest wave in Southern California tourism. Like a bit of caviar served before the big meal, the folks behind the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific are opening a preview center on Feb. 25 to whet the public's appetite for the main course: the 156,735-square-foot aquarium scheduled to open in the summer of 1998.
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