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Toronto’s Bay Street is famous for its tunnels, amongst other things. It has the underground shopping tunnel called the Path, and then it has its wind tunnel, known for its freezing effects. Soon, there will be a third tunnel in the neighbourhood because Toronto’s new aquarium @Ripley’sAquariumofCanada includes a shark tunnel.

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The tunnel is the aquariums key feature with its moving walkway that allows visitors to step on and off of it. The walkway stretches the entire length of the tunnel, a full 96 metres. It will be the longest of its kind in North America. The tunnel passes through the shark lagoon, a habitat where sand tiger sharks, and sawfish live together with a community of species in 2.84 million litres of water.

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Here’s a clip of the Sand Tiger Shark

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These image renderings from B+H Architects show Ripley’  and its proposed shark tunnel with its diverse marine species and community. Strangely, the visiting public are pictured here showing little diversity, that is highly uncharacteristic of Toronto.

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Here is the shark tunnel at the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium (< 1 million gallons)

The Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in Asia. It is composed of 9 exhibition zones of all over the world, including the China Zone, the Antarctic Zone and the Australia Zone. The China Zone is home to several endangered Chinese aquatic species, including rare and precious species from the Yangtze River. The biggest attraction of the aquarium is the underwater tunnel. At 155 meter (509 ft) it is the longest underwater tunnel in the world.

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