Visitors can explore Southern aquatic life in an attraction filled with thousands of enchanting creatures and plants in amazing habitats, from five major regions of the Appalachian Watershed. Jutting into the Charleston Harbor for 2,000 feet, the focal point is a 93,000-square-foot aquarium featuring a two-story Great Ocean Tank Exhibition. Contained within are more than 800 animals, including deadly sharks but also sea turtles and stingrays. Every afternoon at 4pm, the aquarium offers a dolphin program, where bottle-nosed dolphins can be viewed from an open-air terrace. One of the most offbeat exhibits replicates a blackwater swamp, with atmospheric fog, a spongy floor, and twinkling lights. Secrets of the Amazon features the diversity of this endangered region in sights, sounds, and adventure. New in 2008 was the inauguration of the Camp Carolina exhibit, a child-friendly, interactive display about how to successfully appreciate the great Carolina outdoors without leaving an ecologically destructive "footprint."
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