Texas State Aquarium and Valero Make Major Campaign Caribbean Announcement

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 September 4, 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – The Texas State Aquarium is excited to announce another significant gift for Campaign Caribbean, the Aquarium’s capital campaign which will fund the largest expansion in its 24-year history. Today, continued partner Valero announced a generous $500,000 gift to Campaign Caribbean, which surpassed the crucial midway point of achieving its $50 million goal earlier this year and has a groundbreaking scheduled for late this year.

The major gift will sponsor the new entryway into the Caribbean Journey experience, introducing guests to the sights, sounds, and vibrant wildlife of the Western Caribbean. “For more than three decades, Valero has been committed to the Coastal Bend Region through the jobs we create and the contributions we invest in our community,” said Dennis Payne, Vice President and General Manager, Valero Corpus Christi Refineries. “Today’s gift for the Texas State Aquarium is another demonstration of our commitment to Corpus Christi, especially causes that focus on education and environmental sustainability. It’s Valero’s hope that this new entryway will usher in a wave of excitement for tourists, residents, and businesses across the state.”

Texas State Aquarium President & CEO Tom Schmid commented, “Since the opening of the Aquarium almost 25 years ago, Valero has been a great partner and great patron. Valero has been consistently generous and helped us advance our mission. This latest investment affirms their commitment to environmental education, wildlife conservation, and economic development in this community, and throughout Texas.”

The $50 million Caribbean Journey addition – which completes the final two phases of the Aquarium’s original master plan – will transform the Texas State Aquarium from a leading regional aquarium to one of the top aquariums in the nation.

In late 2012, the Texas State Aquarium launched the leadership phase of Campaign Caribbean, a capital campaign to raise the necessary funds for construction of the Caribbean Journey wing. At 65,000 square feet, the new Caribbean Journey wing will be significantly larger than the original Gulf of Mexico exhibit building.  “The new wing will be 50 percent larger, however, in terms of indoor exhibit space. It will more than double what we currently have,” said Aquarium President & CEO Tom Schmid.  “This is going to be a multi-level, highly immersive, state-of-the-art experience.”

Visit texasstateaquarium.org/caribbean to take the Caribbean Journey.

 

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Texas State Aquarium: Connecting people with nature and inspiring conservation of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

 

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The Current Presents: Stingray Science September!

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At the Texas State Aquarium, we’re slinging stingray science!

The stingrays featured in our exhibits are the Southern, Atlantic, and cownose species, and they are all native to the Gulf of Mexico.

The Atlantic stingray is actually pointed and resembles the letter “A.” The cownose has a rounded nose that very much looks like a cow’s, and the Southern stingray is equipped with a wide-angled wingspan. All stingrays’ mouths are located on the bottom of their bodies and most contain crush plates, allowing them to break through the tough shells of crustaceans like shrimp, clams, and crab.

While pop culture and certain accounts assert otherwise, stingrays are not naturally aggressive animals. The often misunderstood creatures will only protect themselves when they feel threatened.  One way to make sure you don’t accidentally scare one is to make sure you always do the “Stingray Shuffle.” When walking or wading in shallow waters where these animals live, place your feet right next to each other, and take short steps, being sure to kick up sand. Walking like this will trigger the stingray’s electrical sensors and alert them to your presence, allowing them ample time to swim away.

Stingray barbs – the pointed tips of their tails – are poisonous and can be dangerous. If you or someone you know is ever stung by a stingray, do NOT pull the barb out. Barbs have sharp, serrated edges like steak knives. After seeking immediate medical attention, either rinse the area with hot water, or wrap a towel soaked in hot water around the wounded area. Because a stingray’s toxin is protein-based, very hot water helps to break it down.

Stingrays are cartilaginous animals and belong to the same family as sharks and skate. 

You can visit our stingrays in the Stingray Lagoon, Amazon, and Shark Touch exhibits!

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Press Release

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January 9, 2014

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At Texas State Aquarium

 

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – On January 8, a live dolphin was recovered from the remote location of San Jose Island, after being found in the surf. The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network (TMMSN) along with Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) Director, Tony Amos, were able to successfully transport the animal to the Texas State Aquarium (TSA) in Corpus Christi.

 

TMMSN volunteers and TSA staff, under the supervision of TSA veterinarian Dr. David Stelling, are working around the clock with the 500-pound adult male bottlenose dolphin.  The animal has been swimming on his own, but still requires in-water support (to be held up and walked by volunteers) at various intervals.

 

Initial labs show that the dolphin was dehydrated upon stranding, with additional diagnostics results pending. The dolphin is receiving antibiotics, in addition to routine supplements, and is being tube-fed fluids for rehydration.

 

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Texas State Aquarium: Connecting people with nature and inspiring conservation of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums.

www.texasstateaquarium.org

Scuba Santa Arrives at TSA

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Scuba Santa Arrives at TSA

On Saturday, December 14, the Texas State Aquarium will introduce Scuba Santa to guests who visit the “Diver in the Water” presentation. After Santa hands out goodies to the fish and other Flower Gardens residents, he will be available to take photos with guests who want to appear as if they are underwater with Scuba Santa!

Scuba Santa will be appearing during the “Diver in the Water” presentation the week leading up to Christmas, from December 14th through the 24th. The “Diver in the Water” show occurs at 11:00 a.m. daily.

The Texas State Aquarium will close early at 2:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, will be closed on Christmas Day, and will reopen on December 26th at 9:00 a.m.”

Dollar Day

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Texas State Aquarium Announces Dollar Day

Presented by Reliant on Sunday, December 8

 

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – For just a dollar, dive into marine fun for a day. The Texas State Aquarium announced today that Dollar Day presented by Reliant will return for the third year. On Dollar Day, the Texas State Aquarium offers $1 admission for all visitors. This year’s event will be on Sunday, Dec. 8. Along with the special price, there will be an enhanced schedule of programs for the event. Reliant will provide a free gift to the first 3,000 Dollar Day visitors.

 

“The Texas State Aquarium brings together families to experience the world beneath the Gulf of Mexico,” said Elizabeth Killinger, president of Reliant. “Supporting Dollar Day is one of the ways Reliant gives back to the Corpus Christi community, creating opportunities for families to learn more, and care more, about marine wildlife and maybe one of the young Dollar Day visitors will decide to become a marine biologist or science teacher as a result of their experience on December 8.”

 

Aquarium President and CEO Tom Schmid said, “We are so pleased to have Reliant return as our partner for our December 2013 Dollar Day. Our Dollar Days are a long-standing tradition for the aquarium and are a great benefit for our community. We are thankful for the support corporate partners like Reliant provide to help make them possible.”

 

The aquarium will maintain its normal operating hours for the day, opening at 9 a.m. and closing at 5 p.m. Children 2 years old and under will receive free admission. Parking is $5.

 

Texas State Aquarium–Connecting people with nature and inspiring conservation of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums.

www.texasstateaquarium.org

Dolphin Response

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 Q: How long does it take a dolphin to learn a new trick?

 

 A: Dolphins all learn at different rates. So it really depends on the animal, as well as the complexity of the behavior. Some more ‘simple’ behaviors, such as a wave or a head nod, may take only a few training sessions. While other, more complex behaviors, such as a front flip, may take a few months to train.

Annual Food Drive

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Texas State Aquarium Annual Food Drive to Benefit Corpus Christi Food Bank Begins November 11

 

 

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – The Texas State Aquarium will kick off its annual food drive to benefit the Corpus Christi Food Bank on Monday, November 11. Guests who bring three (3) non-perishable food items for donation from November 11th through December 8th will receive $3 off admission that day. The $3 admission discount does not apply on Dollar Day, December 8th. The discount cannot be combined with any other discounts or offers.

 

Aquarium President and CEO Tom Schmid says, “Every year, we are impressed by the generosity of our guests as they support of this important cause. We are proud to lend a hand and help the Corpus Christi Food Bank – especially at a time of year when the need is always so great.”

 

 

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Texas State Aquarium–Connecting people with nature and inspiring conservation of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums.

www.texasstateaquarium.org