Oldest U.S. Aquarium Set To Close

    Children observe one of 20 sleek, fast-moving blacktip reef sharks that were introduced to National Aquarium's new Blacktip Reef exhibit on Monday, July 29, 2013 in Baltimore. The blacktip reef sharks will make themselves at home among the 260,000-gallon coral reef ecosystem featuring more than 700 marine animals, 3,000 pieces of coral and a sea turtle that weighs more than 500 pounds. (Steve Ruark/AP Images for National Aquarium)

    Steve Ruark/AP

    Just months after completing a $2 million renovation, the U.S.'s oldest continually operating public aquarium—open for 128 years—is most likely going to close on Monday. The National Aquarium is only 10,000-square-feet and has been operating out of the basement of the Herbert C. Hoover Building in Washington, D.C., but, it's going to run out of money unless a donor steps in to keep the aquarium going. If no one comes through, all of the wildlife, about 1,500 creatures in total, will have to be removed by March of 2014.

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