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(Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune) Children watch as a Gentoo Penguin streaks by underwater at the Living Planet Aquarium in Sandy. The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium announced its new expanded, state-of-the-art building in Draper will open March 25.
Living Planet Aquarium throwing a bon voyage party

Sea creatures will swim downstream from Sandy to Draper.

First Published Aug 30 2013 07:07 pm • Last Updated Feb 14 2014 11:33 pm

Sandy • It’s almost moving day for the inhabitants of the Living Planet Aquarium — but only after a big bon voyage party.

The aquarium is moving from its current 44,000-square-foot facility in Sandy to a new 134,000-square-foot building in Draper. But before the big move, it’s throwing a going-away party from Friday-Monday, Sept. 6-9.

At a glance

Living Planet Aquarium Farewell

Friday, Sept. 6 » Moving/Farewell Party, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Shark Trek Into Sharkness (11:30 a.m.; 1 p.m. 4 p.m.; Rainforest Show, 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 7 » Moving/Farewell Party (9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Shark Trek Into Sharkness, 11:30 a.m.; 1 p.m. 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 8 » Moving/Farewell Party (10 a.m.-6 p.m.)

Monday, Sept. 9 » Free Admission Day (10 a.m.-8 p.m.)

Where » 725 E. 10600 South, Sandy

Info » thelivingplanet.com; 801-355-FISH (3474)

Admission » $10.95 adults; $9.95 for seniors, students and military; $8.95 children 3-17; ages 2 and under free

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"We’re just encouraging people to come out and say goodbye to their feathery, scaly friends," said Angie Hyde, the aquarium’s director of public relations and marketing. "And to wish them well on their move, because it’s going to be big."

The move will involve more than 3,000 animals, and it’s not as easy as taking them from Point A to Point B. Living Planet has also rented two warehouses, where it is storing sea creatures while the Draper building is completed.

"We’re kind of operating three aquariums right now, and we’re going to mesh them into one," Hyde said.

They’ll have plenty of room. The new two-story facility is more than three times the size of the old one — the new shark tank alone will be 300,000 gallons, as opposed to the current 15,000-gallon tank.

The Sandy aquarium will officially close at 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9, and the big move begins a day later. It’s scheduled to be completed in three months, with the new aquarium at 12033 S. Lone Peak Parkway in Draper slated to open in December.

"That’s the plan," Hyde said. "If all goes well, we’ll be opening in December. That could always change depending on how things go."

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