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1,500 creatures exiled from D.C. as National Aquarium closes

After 81 years spent in the basement of the U.S. Department of Commerce Building, the D.C. branch of the National Aquarium is closing today after its last visitors leave. The aquarium's 1,500 fish, turtles, snakes and other sea creatures will be relocated in the coming months.

The closure, which was first announced in May, is necessitated to larger renovations happening in the federal building. When they're completed, CEO John Racanelli wrote in a blog post, the space that used to be occupied by the aquarium will instead feature a new pedestrian mall.

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