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August 9, 2002 | From Associated Press
Officials at the Aquarium of the Americas on Thursday were investigating what caused a catwalk to collapse and dump 10 visitors, including four children, into a shark tank. It took 15 minutes Wednesday night to get them all out of the water. No one was seriously hurt. One of the onlookers, 8-year-old Amanda Kruse, said most of the sharks scattered, but she saw one cruising underneath the panicked guests. "Its lips were peeled back and its teeth were showing," Amanda said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1997 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Let's say you want to build a natural-looking habitat for sea lions, sharks and other fish at the mouth of the Los Angeles River. Don't laugh. The Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific is doing it. So, whom to call? Certainly not Mother Nature. She got the brushoff in this heavily industrialized area years ago. Long Beach decided to grab Tucson's Larson Co., the people who re-create tropical rain forests, coral reefs, polar ice caps and desert ecosystems in places like the Bronx, N.Y.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1994 | IRIS YOKOI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium could be called the halibut of the aquarium world. An unassuming, Average Joe of a fish, the halibut in its ocean habitat is unobtrusive, often lying quietly on the ocean floor, camouflaged by sand, while fish such as the garibaldi and blue-banded goby use their bright, colorful bodies to advertise their presence. The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro has maintained a similarly low-profile, albeit successful, existence for nearly 60 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1998 | GARY POLAKOVIC and COLL METCALFE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1994 | MARK SABBATINI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
BUSINESS
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.
MAGAZINE
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.
SCIENCE
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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?
OPINION
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.
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