Sharks and Other Creatures Arrive at the New Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium

The time has finally arrived. Can you believe we will have this great aquarium so close to us here in the High Country?

Concord NC Aquarium

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Sea Life Charlotte-Concord ushered three sharks, five rays and over 30 species of other fish and invertebrates into their new aquatic home in red carpet fashion during the aquarium’s Fish Arrival event held at Concord Mills today.

The creature transport truck, a specially equipped semi truck with holding tanks and a life support system for the animals’ health and safety, arrived at Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium at 9:00 am Thursday. The truck was escorted by police vehicles, a NASCAR car and a stretch limousine. Check out special behind the scenes video:

Lug Nut, the official mascot of the Charlotte Motor Speedway, made an appearance on the red carpet in a NASCAR track car to introduce Sea Life Charlotte-Concord’s new shark mascot, Sharky, to the community.

Lug Nut Charlotte Motor Speedway

Sharky exited a limo with winners of the aquarium’s Young Environmentalist Panel contest. The Young Environmentalist student panelists were selected in December from more than 130 contest submissions. Ranging in age from 8 to 12, the students will help spread awareness of the aquarium and marine conservation issues to their schools and local communities.

SeaLife Aquarium Sharky

After a period of readjustment and monitoring in the truck for the creatures to acclimate, they were rushed inside and released into their tanks. The sharks and rays rode in hammock-like stretchers as the Sea Life team ran them up the stairs to the top of the main ocean tank. This was not the only creature delivery for the aquarium, but it was the only one open to non-employees.


The new aquarium owned by Merlin Entertainments will open its doors at noon on Feb. 20 at Concord Mills. Grand opening festivities for the public start at 10:30 am. Tickets and Annual Passes are on sale now at special discounted rates through Feb. 19 at

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