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You could also contact the Vancouver Public Aquarium. They have an archive of Aquarium publications and I remember seeing some old documents on the construction of thier Killer Whale habitat (both the pool itself and the above-ground portions of the display).

Unless things have changed you want to speak with Treva Ricou in the Aquarium's library. You can find Aquarium contact information on their website at http://www.vanaqua.org .

Hope this helps,



>From: jonathan
>Reply-To: apisto@listbox.com
>To: apisto@listbox.com
>Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2001 15:13:16 -0400 (AST)
>Hi everyone. I am being interviewed for a position at Point Defiance
>Zoo and Aquarium. This interview is written and I answer a few questions.
>I am allowed to use any resources to synthesize my replies. However, since
>I am still in school and have had no experience with public aquarium work,
>I am consequently unfamiliar with a few details. Could anyone shed any
>light on a few areas? Please don't answer for me the question which I am
>to answer, as I have to synthesize my own answer. However I would greatly
>appreciate it if anyone can help witha few details...
>1) I am to discuss an ideal hypothetical exhibit with a given budget,
>keeping in mind the design and functionality. However, I am unfamiliar
>with what construction materials are used in exhibits. Has anyone made
>observations about the construction materials that are used as substrate
>and shelter for animals in public aquarium exhibits? Do they often use
>real rocks, or are they fabricated and molded. If molded and fabricated,
>with what material?
>2)I am to discuss how I may design and implement a safe diving program.
>Does anyone know what diving activities occur in aquariums? I understand
>there are volunteer programs, husbandry programs, and education programs
>that involve scuba diving the exhibits. Has anyone experienced any such
>Sorry for going off topic. I figured if anyone would pay attention to the
>tank construction at a zoo, it would a bunch of aquarium keepers.
>Jonathan Fung... Reef Geek
>Dalhousie University Honours Marine Biology
>Aqua Creations Inc. Assistant Manager
>writer for Marine Fish Monthly
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