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The Living Coast Discovery Center, a nonprofit zoo and aquarium located on the southern rim of San Diego Bay (formerly known as the Chula Vista Nature Center), has announced its latest seasonal exhibit, Deadly Waters, which will open to the public on Saturday, April 20.

The Living Coast Discovery Center’s year-round animal exhibits typically focus on Southern California’s native animal species. But now, the center is being transformed for the spring/summer season to showcase dangerous animals from around the globe with one thing in common – they all make their homes in and around “deadly waters.” Visitors will have a unique opportunity to experience these amazing animals up-close – yet safely – and find out which ones really pose the biggest threat, which ones get a bad rap and which are just dangerously misunderstood.

More than a dozen new animal species are being introduced for the seasonal exhibit, joining the sharks, rays, eels and other menacing creatures that already call the Living Coast home. Some of the new animals that will make an appearance during the run of the exhibit include Red-Bellied Piranha, California Barracuda, Alligator Snapping Turtles, Poison Dart Frogs, Pacific Sea Nettles, Scorpion Fish, Coconut Crabs, Mantis Shrimp, Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish, Zebra Morays, Emperor Scorpions and many more. The Deadly Waters exhibit, which runs through Labor Day, is included with regular admission to the center.

The grand opening for Deadly Waters will be held on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Throughout the day, guests are invited to explore the Living Coast’s beautiful indoor and outdoor exhibits to meet the new animal residents, as well as take part in special Deadly Waters-themed arts and crafts, animal keeper presentations, a bake sale and face painting.

Living Coast Discovery Center members are invited to a special breakfast and private preview party before the center opens, beginning at 9 a.m. Advanced reservations (with member I.D. numbers) are required. Contact Sherry Lankston at or (619) 409-5900 for more information.

Posted: April 10, 2013

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