I recently had the privilege of touring The Living Planet Aquarium in Sandy, Utah along with several other Fishbowl employees. It’s an amazing experience being immersed in the sights, sounds, smells, and even feels of the underwater world. They have a huge octopus, several penguins, and sea otters, as well as many varieties of fish, reptiles, and amphibians swimming around in their tanks.
Plus, we got to go behind the scenes and see how everything operates and stays so clean and well-organized day in and day out.
Interesting Aquarium Facts
Here are a few of the intriguing things I learned on that tour:
- The Living Planet Aquarium holds about 400 species and 1,500 animals.
- They have a lobster that is 120 years old.
- The octopus has sensitive eyes, so they don’t allow flash photography or other bright lights near its tank.
- An octopus can virtually liquefy itself to fit into a pipe just two inches in diameter. They have to lock the top of its tank tightly or else it could easily escape.
- Penguins can’t survive above a certain temperature, so their tank must be constantly refrigerated. In case of a power outage, the aquarium has several backup systems, including an ice cream truck, if all else fails.
- The “rocks” in the tanks and in the displays are handmade and crafted out of many materials by artists.
The Living Planet Aquarium is going to be moving soon from their 40,000-square-foot building in Sandy to a brand-new 136,000-square-foot facility a little southwest in Draper, Utah. That new place is going to be massive. In addition to the regular fish tanks and everything I mentioned above, it will have a 4D movie theater, giant bird cage, shark tunnel, million-gallon fish tank, SCUBA diving area, and classrooms for schoolchildren and college students.
As you might imagine, transporting thousands of pieces of equipment and animals to the new building is going to be a logistical nightmare. That’s why Fishbowl has offered its services. Our inventory management software, Fishbowl Inventory, is going to help them track all of their assets, both living and otherwise, so nothing gets misplaced.
Fishbowl Inventory got its name because it helps businesses see their inventory from all angles, rather than being blind or having just a narrow view of their inventory levels. Fishbowl Inventory is usually used to keep track of inanimate objects, since those are the easiest to count and keep in one place, but it should work just fine for tracking animals, as well. After all, living beings have expiration dates, creation dates, mass, and other points of data that are commonly recorded in Fishbowl’s software.
I’ll have a lot more to say about this exciting development, especially as the big moving date approaches. They hope to have everything moved to the new facility by September. Fishbowl will be there to help them meet their ambitious goals and keep up with the demands of running such a huge operation.
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