The National Aquarium has plans in the works to bring the mid-Atlantic seashore even closer to Maryland’s visitors.
The aquarium announced Monday that it will open the Living Seashore exhibit in the spring of 2015.
The 2,700 square-foot, $5.5 million exhibit will use more than half of the budget for the aquarium’s infrastructure upgrade. It will feature more than 150 mid-Atlantic animals like horseshoe crab, sea urchin, Atlantic stingray and moon jellies.
Adventurous visitors will be able to touch some of these creatures in their two 5,331-gallon salt water touchpools.
“The Mid-Atlantic seashore is a local aquatic treasure, and a seemingly familiar place to many,” said John Racanelli, CEO of the National Aquarium. “But, as our guests will soon discover, fascinating stories await them; stories of the secret lives of seashore animals and plants, as well as the people who are dedicated to keeping our beaches and coast healthy.”