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Aquarium Sandy UT

The Living Planet Aquarium in Sandy Utah is an attraction to put on your list of things to see and do when you visit the Salt Lake Valley.


You'll find the Aquarium at the intersection of 10600 South and 700 East. There is plentiful parking. I went yesterday afternoon and was there with a grand number of school children, many of whom were willing to share their knowledge.


What a time – the place is beautiful. Well laid out, easy access, heaps of information on the exhibits, healthy, active, denizens from sea and river, a large flock of penguins on steroids (a really boiling pool of activity and showmanship), an electric eel sparking away, anacondas and green tree snakes, transparent fish, glowing jellies, poisonous and venomous, and of course, piranha ( I had a Hollywood version of shiny, devouring creatures: these were over a foot long and reasonably docile looking, if you remember that they attack mostly smaller prey than their size, unless they act as a pack to tackle something like a horse ~ and possibly the rider as well. Nice to be warned!


Imagine a petting/touching pool in the middle of the Aquarium in the midst of eager children. It was a blast.


Challenges for photographers – Very low light, or no light. The tank surfaces pretty much preclude flash. I experimented with 800 ISO. Next time I shall carry a monopod, and also attempt video.


Next Time? – of course, Next Time. I enjoyed the experience so much that I voted with my wallet and took out Membership for a year ($20) and so can go back as many times as I like.


Perhaps I can show you around the Living Planet Aquarium

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Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
Janisch & Co. - Conroe, TX
Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!

Sounds like it would be a fun afternoon activity.  I'm gonna have to look around and see what I can find here.

Nov 17, 2012 11:36 AM #1
Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming

Your descriptions are vivid and pictures enticing.... Makes me want to come to Sandy just to see the aquarium!

Nov 17, 2012 11:39 AM #2
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

I love to sit and watch aquarium life; I find it very soothing. We have a number of restaurants with two story aquariums in them they are awesome.

Nov 17, 2012 02:13 PM #3
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

Hi Larry.  I would totally take you up on your invitation!  I love acquariums!  Your descriptions really made the scene come alive, especially the "electric eel sparking away."  We share the planet with some amazing creatures that we don't get to see very often.

Nov 18, 2012 08:09 AM #4
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Jeanne and Ralph - too often we overlook the local gold.  I am sure you will find a local treasure that we all deserve to hear about.

Brenda - you are close enough to make it a day trip. Stay a day or two, and really get a feel for Utah.

Sussie  - I just realised you have given two meanings to "I like fish". (Enjoys to look at them or likes to eat them.) Certainly relaxing, but also an education.

Dianne - Thanks for comments. I am glad my localism sparked an interest. I watched an old James Bond movie where an electric eel disposed of a baddie. The cave cockroaches for size alone had me shivering.


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