Sea Life Success! Michigan’s Newest Aquarium Attracting Eager Crowds with Exhibits Made From R-Cast® Acrylic by Reynolds Polymer Technology

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The latest edition to the Sea Life family, located in Auburn Hills, Michigan, is open for business and thriving. RPT provided numerous custom acrylic viewing windows for the project.

An eleven-foot long, concave demi tunnel allows for intimate views of exotic fish and a sunken Mayan statue at Sea Life Michigan.

Sea Life has literally exposed millions to the wonders of the undersea world.

It can now be said that Great Lakes Crossing Outlets shopping mall is closer to the ocean than it is to Lake Erie, as the highly anticipated Sea Life Michigan opened there in January. The aquarium was welcomed by no small amount of fanfare. In fact, those hoping to get a pass inside are still being encouraged to buy tickets in advance due to the large crowds.

Sea Life is now the largest aquarium in Michigan. The 35,000 square foot facility holds a total of 150,000 gallons of water. Within its colorfully lit depths, there are some 5,000 specimens of underwater life to delight visitors. The ample variety of creatures includes rays, sharks, eels, lionfish, and lobster to name only a few.

The largest viewing area at Sea Life is the nearly 30-foot long underwater tunnel that takes visitors inside the main tank. The tunnel is comprised of three separate sections of R-Cast® that were value-engineered to perform visually as one—while costing significantly less. The completed feature offers crystal-clear views of the blacktip and hammerhead sharks that so many come to see.

The facility also contains an eleven-foot long, seven-foot high demi tunnel that was designed to provide concave views inside the main tank, allowing for clear impressions of the shipwreck and sunken Mayan statue features. Such details make Sea Life a true experience, providing for guests to see the animals interact within a wide variety of environmental accents.

Sea Life does not discount the wants or needs of the many children who walk inside its doors. To help younger guests be nearer to the sights and sounds of this fantastic aquarium, there is a touch-pool full of obliging starfish. A two-foot diameter R-Cast® pop-in dome, and an eight-foot long half-cylinder allow for intimate views by wide-eyed tikes as sharks dash by—often only inches away from the window.    

“Sea Life has literally exposed millions to the wonders of the undersea world,” commented Matt Houlihan, Executive Vice President of Reynolds Polymer Technology. “What is special for me about this project is the location inside a shopping center. This gives viewing opportunities to a crowd that may not otherwise decide to check out something like SeaLife. I believe that aquariums inside shopping malls are, and will, continue to increase in popularity in the future.”

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