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The Aquarium at the Turn of the Century

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Thursday, August 01, 2013

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And aerial view of the Aquarium of the Pacific in 2000

Back at the turn of the century I took some aerial shots of the Aquarium of the Pacific. These images show the young facility in its original configuration.

Back in the year 2000, Tony, then an Aquarium aquarist and pilot, and I, took a flight over the Aquarium during the Long Beach Grand Prix. We were on our way to do an informal cetacean survey over the San Pedro Channel but took the opportunity to circle the Aquarium of the Pacific in a Cessna to get some aerial shots of the then two year old facility. Years later these images afford an opportunity to see what the Aquarium was like before Shark Lagoon, Lorikeet Forest, the restaurants of Rainbow Harbor and the Pike were built.

The Aquarium at the Turn of the Century
A higher view of the Aquarium in 2000 showing the original layout.  | Hugh Ryono
The Aquarium at the Turn of the Century
The Rainbow Harbor area during the 2000 Long Beach Grand Prix. Notice all the open areas. This was before many of the restaurants and the Pike were built.  | Hugh Ryono
The Aquarium at the Turn of the Century
A view of the 2000 Aquarium of the Pacific from the West showing the outdoor exhibit.  | Hugh Ryono
The Aquarium at the Turn of the Century
A higher view from the West showing the picnic area and lawn that would eventually become Shark Lagoon and Lorikeet Forest.  | Hugh Ryono

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