Most Charlestonians have visited the S.C. Aquarium at least once — and for some, one time is enough. After they’ve seen the otters, the Great Ocean Tank, and the jellyfish, they see little point in going back. But locals should consider revisiting the attraction, as they’re unveiling some exciting new additions.

The Aquarium introduced five new sharks into the Great Ocean Tank in January. The new sharks include a black tip shark, which is a near-threatened species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and four sandbar sharks, one of the most common sharks off the coast of S.C. After adding the sharks, the total shark count at the aquarium is 10. The five other sharks are made up of nurse sharks and sand tiger sharks.

“We are constantly looking at ways to enrich our visitor experience,” Senior Biologist and Dive Safety Officer, Arnold Postell says. “The addition of new animals, especially charismatic animals such as these sharks, is very educational and entertaining to our guests.”

Another new development at the Aquarium is an extended stay for our tuxedo-wearing pals, the four Magellanic penguins of the visiting exhibit Penguin Planet. The exhibit features interactive educational games for children and a 10-foot-wide window for underwater viewing. You can also see the penguins up-close and even snap a picture during the Waddle Wagon program Thurs.-Sun. at 2 p.m. They’ll be in town through October.

Get a sneak preview with their live Penguin Cam.

There will also be an incredibly rare opportunity coming March 20 when the Aquarium introduces an albino alligator, one of only 50 in the world living, to the Backwater Swamp exhibit. To see the alligator’s translucent scales and to hear “the great success story of the American alligator,” head over to the Aquarium at the end of March.

If you’re worried about the price of tickets but still want to pay a visit, adult tickets have been reduced to $10.95 for S.C. residents through the end of February.

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