Olympia to be home of new marine life center

Staff reportJuly 7, 2013 

A kelp crab is part of the marine life in the Puget Sound.

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A longtime dream of the South Sound Estuary Association will become reality when the group opens the region’s newest marine science center Thursday.

The South Sound Estuarium will be open four days a week through Aug. 25. It will feature a saltwater aquarium, interpretive exhibits and video programing. One of the exhibits is “What Lurks Below Puget Sound,” created by the state Department of Ecology.

“The creation of an estuarium is one of the opportunities our organization provides to support exploration of our unique Puget Sound and ways we can each be stewards of this special place, our waters and the creatures who live here,” said Diana Larson-Mills, the association’s acting executive director.

The marine life discovery center is meant to be a place where children and adults can learn about the south Puget Sound environment, including its estuaries, geology, natural and cultural history, marine life and human impact on the Puget Sound, Mills-Larson added.

She pointed out that Puget Sound is the second-largest estuary in the United States by size and the largest by volume. It has 2,000 miles of shoreline.

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