Join Riverfront Times Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

The St. Louis Aquarium Will Let You Walk Over its Shark Tank on a Rope Bridge

Posted By on Thu, Aug 13, 2020 at 3:11 PM

click to enlarge A new rope bridge stretches across Shark Canyon at the St. Louis Aquarium. - COURTESY ST. LOUIS AQUARIUM
  • COURTESY ST. LOUIS AQUARIUM
  • A new rope bridge stretches across Shark Canyon at the St. Louis Aquarium.


In honor of Shark Week, the St. Louis Aquarium is debuting a new rope bridge that hangs over the massive 250,000 gallon shark tank called Shark Canyon.



The bridge is 15 feet long and hangs 7.5 feet above the waters of Shark Canyon. Like all good rope bridges, it will swing visitors over the shark-filled waters.

Shark Canyon is home to many different species of sharks including nurse sharks, zebra sharks, blacknose sharks. The habitat also houses rays, turtles and thousands of fish. And there's a touch pool where visitors can interact with bamboo sharks.

Technically, this is the second Shark Week at the aquarium in a few just a few months. During coronavirus closures in April, the aquarium hosted a virtual version with streaming videos of the underwater predators.

Now that its back open and hosting the in-person event, the aquarium is taking COVID-19 precautions. That includes smaller crowds. It had been operating at a little less than 75 percent capacity, only selling that exact number of tickets to guests, but new rules announced yesterday by the city will reduce that further to 50 percent capacity.

Masks are required for guests and employees, and a cleaning crew is onsite sanitizing, according to a spokeswoman.

Stay safe out there, and of course, happy Shark Week.

  • Sign up for our weekly newsletters to get the latest on the news, things to do and places to eat delivered right to your inbox.
  • Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Tags: , , ,

Riverfront Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of St. Louis and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep St. Louis' true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 9, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2020 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation