The Alaska SeaLife Center began the fourth part of a phased plan to repair its facility Friday. The construction is expected to conclude by mid-March.
During the construction, the center's sea lions and harbor seals will be relocated to pools on the research dock to facilitate repair work in the mammal habitat area.
The center also plans to add facilities to better handle its three resident Steller sea lions. The sea bird habitat, discovery touch pool, octopus exhibits and all other aquarium tanks will be open as usual.
Admission prices will be reduced to $5 during construction. Children 6 and under will still get free admission.
Although visitors will not be able to view the marine mammals in their indoor habitats, the ASLC will conduct free behind-the-scenes mini-tours to allow guests to view the animals on the research deck. The escorted tours will begin at noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. daily.
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