Monroe County Sea Lion Exhibit Study

The Sea Lion Exhibit was initially constructed as a salt water exhibit, approximately 20 years ago. Salt water was maintained in the exhibit for only a few months, then discontinued due to the difficulty in maintaining the salinity levels in the pool. Since that time, the exhibit has been operating as a fresh water pool.  As sea lions are ocean animals, a salt water exhibit more closely duplicates their actual living environment.

Converting the exhibit back to a salt water system was desired to improve the living conditions for the animals. Pathfinder investigated the conversion of the exhibit to salt water. The study included a general outline of the scope to provide salt water and the technologies currently available to provide saline to the pool, potential modifications to the filtration system and use of fresh water to backwash the filters, cost, and how to implement these systems in the current exhibit.