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June 29, 1993 | HELAINE OLEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When patients come to dentist Ken Bonner, they are treated in surroundings designed to keep stress levels low. TV monitors are mounted on the ceiling above treatment chairs, and stereo headphones are available. Perhaps the most soothing feature in his Newport Beach office, however, is a pair of 75-gallon saltwater aquariums stocked with fish in shades of neon, pinkish brown and coral. "I emphasize low stress, pain-free dentistry," Bonner said.
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November 12, 1991 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For seven years, Richard O'Barry trained captive dolphins to perform as leaping acrobats and aquatic clowns, and in the 20 years since he has been trying to make amends. "I helped create a billion-dollar industry for what I call these abusement parks," he says. "I'm definitely operating from guilt."
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May 8, 2005 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
Being a scuba diver in Colorado, like a skier in Hawaii, can be frustrating. There's no saltwater here, the fresh water is cold and the fish tend more toward dull-eyed carp than flashy tuna. Yet some divers have found a loophole in geography, a way to drift in tropical seas without ever leaving Denver. The catch? They must scrub and vacuum while making nice with sharks, barracuda and sawfish lingering over their shoulders at the city aquarium.
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July 3, 1991 | TOM KEYSER, THE BALTIMORE EVENING SUN
The bride wore white fins and carried a bouquet of lettuce and broccoli. She swam past the barracuda and angelfish and joined the groom and minister in the giant fish tank at the National Aquarium here. The bride and groom, Abbe Click and John Harman, became the first people married underwater at the aquarium--and the last, say aquarium officials. Click and Harman took the plunge Friday night.
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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.
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.
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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.
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December 3, 1993 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles City Councilman Rudy Svorinich said Thursday that he will ask the Port of Los Angeles for $800,000 to $1 million to study the feasibility of building a major aquarium in San Pedro. Svorinich, who represents the harbor area, says an aquarium could become a major tourist attraction, providing a much-needed economic boost to San Pedro and Wilmington. "The Harbor Department made a decision 25 to 30 years ago that part of port development would be recreation and tourism," Svorinich said.
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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.
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