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Recovery Stories - Hurricane Harvey: Texas State Aquarium

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Recovery Stories: Texas State Aquarium 

When Harvey rapidly intensified from a tropical storm to a Category 4 major hurricane, Texas State Aquarium administrators realized they had little time to evacuate their collection to San Antonio.

Fortunately, the answer came in the form of the aquarium’s brand new, multi-million dollar Caribbean Journey exhibit.

Staff were able to move other exhibits inside the 72,000-square foot facility built to withstand hurricane-force winds, according to President & CEO Tom Schmid. The building maintained enough emergency power to remain fully operational both during and after the storm, he added.

Aquarium staff also cared for animals outside of their own collection, including those undergoing rehabilitation. The Texas State Aquarium is also housing a moray eel belonging to the Aquarium at Rockport Harbor, which transported the eel to Corpus Christi before Harvey’s arrival. The Rockport aquarium suffered severe damage during the storm.

Located on Corpus Christi’s North Beach at 2710 N. Shoreline Blvd., the Texas State Aquarium is fully operational and ready to receive visitors. Be sure to stop by Caribbean Journey and say hello to the pufferfish!


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