The Texas State Aquarium opened its long-awaited new Caribbean exhibits in June.
These exhibits feature Caribbean sharks, vampire bats, flamingos, a two-toed sloth as well as other animals. Tegan Speche, a Texas State Aquarium employee and a Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi student said the new exhibit features the Sian Biosphere, which is in the Yucatan Peninsula.
“It’s the whole Caribbean journey,” she said. “It features the rainforest, the Mangrove forest, the Cenotes in Mexico and in south America, the blue hole which is coral reefs, the Mesoamerican reefs and Aztec caves.”
She said the exhibit was important to Corpus Christi because it shows the Gulf of Mexico is more than what’s in Texas’ immediate vicinity.
“It leads to more, there’s always more,” she said. “We don’t want to focus on just the Gulf of Mexico and just Texas, just the United States, we are going further than that.”
According to the Texas State Aquarium website, the Aquarium rescues and rehabilitates many of its animals. The Aquarium hosts different animal releases for their rehabilitated animals. The Aquarium also hosts different shows with the animals to entertain and educate the public.
“Our conservation attempts [are for] getting people engaged with it, but we also have our rehabilitation which is very amazing. It’s called Second Chances,” Speche said. “We also have our conservation so we do our turtle releases, and our beach cleanup.”
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi student Alejandra Calera said the ticket prices seemed high.
“They’re so expensive, especially for a college student,” Calera said.
According to their website, the Texas State Aquarium is now offering a $2 discount to students, making the tickets $32 instead of $34.
Calera said despite the ticket prices, she would come back.
“Especially with the new exhibit that just opened, I’d really like to explore that more in depth,” she said. “I love seeing the sharks, even though they have new exhibits and stuff, I always come for the sharks.”
For customers like Calera, a new attraction called the Whataburger 4D Theater was recently opened and was designed to educate guests about sharks by making audiences feel as though they were swimming beside them.
The Texas State Aquarium’s website offers volunteer positions allowing an opportunity for Islanders to gain free admission to the aquarium, as well as get a chance to interact more closely with their favorite creatures.
To learn more about the Aquarium and its exhibits, go to https://www.texasstateaquarium.org.