Living Planet Aquarium prepares for sharks and other animals

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DRAPER — Starting in 2009, Ari Robinson began working on designs for the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. Now the building is months from being completed and officially transitioning from its smaller aquarium in Sandy.

“Every time I come down here it just gets me so excited to have it finished,” Robinson, a designer for the aquarium, said. “It’s been a lot of work, a lot of all-nighters working on designs and blueprints … but it’s been super exciting to see it all come together.”

The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is a nonprofit organization helping to educate people about the earth and its ecosystems. The new aquarium set to open in Draper towards the end of December will have four unique galleries: Discover Utah, Ocean Explorer, Journey to South America, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations Research Vessel.

Sharks, sea turtles, otters, birds and more animals will find a new home at the Living Planet Aquarium as soon as construction is completed. Animals are being kept at the Sandy aquarium until the Draper aquarium is complete, which you can learn more about animal arrivals on their Facebook page.

Learn more about what you will find at the new aquarium in the slideshow below.

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While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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