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Aquarium on Roanoke Island getting upgrades

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MANTEO, N.C. (AP) - A $4.5 million renovation project is getting underway next month at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports that (http://bit.ly/1u6isq8O ) the project will include glowing columns of jellyfish as well as passageways made to resemble the inside of a shipwreck.

The aquarium also plans an exhibit with a re-creation of the turret of the Civil War ironclad the Monitor which sank off the Outer Banks.

Museum officials say the idea is to make over much of the interior space at the aquarium which has 11 sharks, the largest collection in North Carolina.

About 280,000 visitors each year visit the aquarium.

Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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