Georgia Aquarium has sought funding for the upgrades — a first for the nonprofit. On Aug. 29, the board of Invest Atlanta, the city's development authority, voted 4-3 to donate $7.5 million to the aquarium.
Dubbed Expansion 2020, the multi-million dollar project will extend the aquarium entrance into the plaza and build an enclosed box office area. The saltwater shark gallery, slated to open in November 2020, may include hammerheads, sand tiger sharks and sandbar sharks.
Current inhabitants of the aquarium include sea lions, whale sharks, dolphins and penguins.
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