Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada Introduces Water for First Time as Hydro-Testing of Shark Lagoon Begins

TORONTO, ON, (August 8, 2012) – With less than a year to go before opening, Toronto’s newest family attraction – Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada – has reached another milestone in its construction.

Hydro-Testing of the acrylic tanks that will one day hold more than 13,000 inhabitants is set to begin Friday morning, Come witness the event as the 2.84 million litre (750,000 gallons) Shark Lagoon is filled with water for the first time.  The testing is the first step in making sure the acrylic tanks, supporting piping and life support systems have no leaks. Once that is established, the rock work theming will begin. 

Media are invited to the construction site to capture photos and video of this milestone event.

WHAT:            Hydro-Testing of Shark Lagoon.

WHEN:            Friday, Aug. 10 at 10 a.m.

WHERE:          288 Bremner Blvd (gather at the construction trailer located at the base of the CN Tower)

WHO:              Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

 Facts About Hydro-Testing

  • The first water introduced into the acrylic tanks of Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada took place on Friday morning, Aug. 10, 2012.
  • Hydro-Testing of the 2.84 million litre (750,000 gallon) Shark Lagoon began that morning.
  • Testing will continue on all tanks that will eventually be home to 13,500 inhabitants.
  • Hydro-Testing is the first step in making sure the acrylic tanks, supporting piping and life support systems have no leaks.
  • Water will remain in each tank for up to seven days before being pumped into the next tank for the same testing regimen.
  • As each tank passes the leak-test and is drained, the rock work and other theming will begin.
  • Each tank will have three individual hydro-tests prior to the fish population being added. 

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 Facts About Acrylic Panels

  • The acrylic panels were specially made in Japan at the Nippura Company, as they are the most trusted and qualified supplier to produce panels of the highest quality.
  • A total of 50 panels ranging in size from 700 mm x 334 mm to 14,850 mm x 3,861 mm will be positioned into place and used within the aquarium.  
  • The lightest panel weighs only 6 kg and the heaviest panel weights 11,550 kg.
  • The thickness of the panels range from 20 mm to 305 mm.
  • All 50 panels are expected to be put in place by the end of July 2012. 
  • While most of the panels were cast at the factory, two of the largest will need to be chemically bonded on site.
  • The North and South Tunnel sections of the shark lagoon will contain 6 and 7 panels, respectively, with seam/sealant joint.
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2012 marked the first installation of the panels, commencing with the north section of the tunnel and using a total of six panels ranging in size from 4,672 mm x 5,698 mm to 7,244 mm x 5,698 mm and in weight from 2,201 kg to 3,338 kg .
  • Small chips or cracks in the panel can be repaired chemically on site.

 Facts about The Aquarium

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is a 12,500-square-metre (135,000-square-foot) major family attraction with 5.7-million litres (1.5-million gallons) of marine and freshwater habitats from around the world. Among the many exciting interactive exhibits for families and school groups, the Aquarium will contain:

  • More than 13,500 exotic sea and freshwater creatures, comprising more than 450 species.
  • A unique 96-metre-long (315 foot) moving walkway through an acrylic tunnel deep below the 2.84-million litre (750,000-gallon) Shark Lagoon, a habitat occupied by 3 to 3.7-metre-long (10 – to 12-foot) sand tiger sharks, large tooth sawfish and dozens of other species. Guests may step on and off the walkway as they choose to spend extra time admiring the huge sharks.
  • Main exhibition includes a tropical reef tank, along with Great Lakes exhibits and Atlantic and Pacific habitats.
  • A Marine and Freshwater Education Centre with dedicated classroom space.
  • Flexible and changing exhibition space.
  • Food service and retail store.
  • The Aquarium will be open 365-days-a-year, starting in the summer of 2013.

Facts about all Three of Ripley’s Aquariums

  • Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is set to open in summer 2013 and is a member of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. family of worldwide entertainment facilities, which includes two existing aquariums.
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, Tenn., is the second-most-visited attraction in the state and was voted the No. 1 aquarium in America by TripAdvisor.com.
  • Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, S.C., is that state’s most visited attraction.
  • The two existing aquariums have entertained nearly 30-million visitors since 1997.
  • Ripley’s aquariums are known for their shark exhibits that feature 10-foot sharks and two of the longest underwater tunnels in the world. More than 12 million people visit Ripley’s 80-plus attractions in 10 countries each year. Ripley Entertainment Inc. is a division of the Jim Pattison Group, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

For more detailed information, high-resolution downloadable photos and renderings, and broadcast quality b-roll, please visit the Media Centre on Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada’s website at www.ripleysaquariumofcanada.com.

Contact:

Tim O’Brien
VP Communications
Ripley Entertainment Inc.
obrien@ripleys.com
office- 615-646-7465
cell – 615-496-5949

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