National Aquarium Blacktip Reef Exhibit

Baltimore, MD

The National Aquarium, designed by CambridgeSeven, opened in 1981 and contributed to the rejuvenation of the Baltimore Harbor. CambridgeSeven was asked to renovate the former ray tray to create a new Great Barrier Reef habitat featuring sharks and rays as well as a new introductory exhibit that focuses on how water connects us. A breathtaking panorama of color, light and movement welcomes visitors as they catch their first glimpse of “Blacktip Reef,” a vibrant coral-filled stretch of the Great Barrier Reef where blacktip reef sharks speed toward them and schools of bluefin trevally and blue-striped seaperch dart out of the way. Visitors can also witness the rise and fall of a 5-foot-wide whiptail ray’s fins as they swim through the tank.