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Posted at 7:29 AM, Mar 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-14 12:41:22-04

OdySea Aquarium is a paid sponsor of Sonoran Living.

Meet the 'monsters' at Arizona's newest aquarium

At the OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale, visitors are fascinated by gigantic sea life and the stunning interactive display from National Geographic's award-winning exhibition Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants! Enormous in size and rapidly dwindling in number, these ancient fish play critical roles in their freshwater habitats. Dr. Zeb Hogan, aquatic ecologist, National Geographic Fellow and host of the Nat Geo WILD series "Monster Fish," has spent nearly two decades searching for and studying the rare, large freshwater fish species profiled in the exhibition. The interactive exhibition includes extraordinary, life-size sculptures as well as videos and hands-on interactive activities. It takes visitors on a journey to river basins around the world to learn about colossal fish and the people that depend on them. Through detailed maps, sculptures and custom illustrations, the exhibition showcases close to 20 fish species and their diverse freshwater ecosystems. In addition to highlighting the biology of each species, the exhibit depicts the cultural ties between the fish and local people. From mythical tales and storied traditions to threats and conservation efforts, visitors will leave with a greater understanding of the connection between humans and fish. "Monster Fish" will remain open until May 5, 2019.

OdySea Aquarium opened in September 2016. It features over 2 million gallons of water, more than 65 exhibits, 370 species, the world's only Russian Sturgeon touch exhibit, two Stingray touch exhibits, a tide touch pool and OdySea Voyager, the world's only rotating aquarium exhibit. It's also becoming known for its SeaTREK® underwater walking experience, a "Penguin Encounter Program" and "Shark Behind the Scenes" tours. The aquarium is open 365 days a year beginning at 9 a.m. For more information visit or call 480-291-8000.