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The west wing of the building is up to its third level, and the roof framing is underway.
An aquarist prepares to "lasso" a floating wharf piling selected for the Monterey Bay exhibit.
Spring 1983With building completion less than 18 months away, construction of the tanks, artificial rocks, graphics and models that will form the Aquarium's exhibits is well underway. Inside, the three main tanks—Kelp Forest, Monterey Bay Habitats and Sea Otter—have been waterproofed and their huge windows carefully installed. Outside, the Great Tide Pool is already attracting crabs, snails and foraging birds.
StockpilingSeveral choice old wharf pilings from Wharf #2 in Monterey are selected for future installation in the shallow end of the Monterey Bay Habitats exhibit. To keep the rich turf of marine life on the pilings alive and healthy until it's time to place them in the exhibit, the pilings are dropped back into the water and secured under the wharf.
Homes Readied for New ArrivalsAquarium staff are busy building 100 fiberglass tanks of all shapes and sizes for the thousands of fishes and invertebrates to be exhibited.