30, 2008 (Online
& Australian Visitors Toured Aquarium In Jenks
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-- Emily Wright was outside the tank (above) taking a photo of the same
puffer fish she was feeding (below) while diving as an intern inside the
tank almost four years ago in August 2004.
Aquarium Visits On cvilleok.com:
beaver is one of the newer residents at the Oklahoma Aquarium (in Jenks).
Collinsville City Manager Mike Tinker, gave a tour of the isolation building
at the aquarium to Emily Wright (a former aquarium intern), Tyler Spencer (Emily's
friend from Australia), and Ted Wright (Emily's Dad). Two large sea turtles
were in the isolation tank above and several sharks in the tank below.
star fish were digesting their meals.
& Tyler also visited the Riverwalk near the aquarium with many shops and
restraunts added in the past few years.
had not seen the Arkansas River so full in several years. I was also not aware
what this new building on the east side of the river was until driving back
along Riverside Drive and discovering it was a new casino. -- Ted
new otter display can put you eye to eye with the entertaining critters..
You may have noticed I
didn't attempt to ID all of the exhibits as Emily (my Marine Bioligist expert)
is visiting friends and family in Texas for a few more days. She had been
in Australia for the past year and will return in a few weeks for another
year where she is working on a specific fish bacteria as part of a masters
program at James Cook University in Townsville. -- Ted Wright -- July 9, 2008
I also wanted to thank
Mike Tinker for the behind-the-scenes tour for Emily and letting me tag along.
Mike was one of the key people helping Jenks land the aquarium before a brief
stint in Collinsville. Mike has been back in Jenks since late
2004. Mike sounds like a proud papa when describing the accomplishments
of the aquarium and staff so far as well as plans for on-going improvements.