Texas State Aquarium
The Texas State Aquarium is a nonprofit aquarium located in Corpus Christi, Texas, United States. It is dedicated to promoting environmental conservation and rehabilitation of the wildlife of the Gulf of Mexico. It has been accredited with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) since 1995.

History
The Texas State Aquarium opened its first exhibit to the public on July 6, 1990. Originally named the Corpus Christi Aquarium Association, the organization adopted the name of Texas State Aquarium Association in 1986 after the Texas State Legislature designated it to be the "Official Aquarium of Texas", although it would receive no state dollars. After opening in 1990, the Texas State Aquarium (TSA) became a federally-permitted animal rehabilitation facility in 1993. In 1995 the Aquarium became accredited with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). The current director of the aquarium is Tom Schmid.

Exhibits
Poison dart frogs and piranhas can be seen in the Amazon exhibit, along with many other reptiles and fish. This 400,000-US-gallon (1,500,000 l) saltwater exhibit houses 3 Atlantic bottlenose dolphins: Shadow, Kai, and DJ. The three Atlantic bottlenose put on a dolphin training show 4 times per day so visitors can experience how trainers interact with dolphins. All of the raptors featured in this exhibit were rehabilitated at the Texas State Aquarium and deemed unreleasable. This exhibit includes a bald eagle named Grace. This 800-US-gallon (3,000 l) exhibit contains a variety of jellyfish and sea nettle, most of which can be found in the Gulf of Mexico. Replicating a coral reef, this 40,000-US-gallon (150,000 l) exhibit features tarpon, green moray eels, cow-nose stingrays, and barracuda. The Aquarium's "Diver in the Water" show takes place in this exhibit. These presentations feature a variety of trained birds including parrots, hawks, owls, and falcons. The Hawn Wild Flight Theater honors the Hawn family for their long-standing commitment to the Aquarium's mission of wildlife education and conservation in South Texas. The theater was opened April 24, 2007. The largest indoor exhibit at the Aquarium, Islands of Steel recreates the habitat formed around an oil platform. The 125,000-gallon exhibit includes nurse sharks, amberjack, tarpon, grouper, a sand tiger shark, and many other species that could be found in a naturally-occurring habitat in the Gulf of Mexico. Visitors can interact with hermit crabs, lightning whelks, and pencil urchins that reside in several touchpools at this exhibit. Four North American River Otters reside at the Aquarium and can be viewed interacting with one another and their trainers throughout the day. Visitors can touch sharks and stingrays in the Aquarium's largest outdoor touch pool. Bo, a 10-foot (3.0 m) American alligator, and six species of freshwater turtles reside in the newest exhibit at the Aquarium. Visitors can view the rehabilited and unreleasable sea turtles above and below the water at this exhibit.

On television
The aquarium appears in the pilot epsode of JAG when Harmon Rabb Jr. has a flashback of when he was with his father as a child on board an aircraft carrier.

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