CultureMap Austin -- A new Austin Aquarium already under construction is touting itself as the "Aquarium of the Future." But it's the owners' past that is liable to raise a ton of questions and concerns.
More than 200 marine animals died at Vince and Ammon Covino's Portland Aquarium over a three-month period earlier this year, prompting an ongoing investigation from the Oregon Humane Society. The Covinos are attempting to open their third aquarium (they also have one in Boise, Idaho) in Austin at 13530 N. US 183 in the former Lack's Furniture store space.
The animal death log — leaked to The Oregonian newspaper — includes instances of death by starvation, infection, incorrect water temperatures and animal-on-animal attacks. The Portland Aquarium has been open for only nine months overall. The 200-plus animal deaths occurred between Feb. 18 and May 16.
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