Perdido Key Gets “Tanked”

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Perdido Key Gets “Tanked”
By: Kelly Woodard

Pirates are on the prowl as the cast and crew of Animal Planet's show ‘Tanked’ completed the installation of a 400-gallon pirate ship themed aquarium at the Chamber and visitors center in Perdido Key this week. The show's two stars, Wayde King and Brett Raymer, arrived on Thursday afternoon to begin installation of the aquarium, which was unveiled late Friday afternoon.
The 403-gallon aquarium boasts a giant pirate's ship, treasure chest, gold coins, and colorful reefs along with exotic species of fish and an ecosystem native to the Gulf of Mexico including lookdowns, damsels, wrasses, and everyone’s favorite, porcupine and dog face puffers. The tank even boast cannons that both light up and sound with cannon fire at the touch of a button.
Tina Morrison, director of the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce, said “Perdido Key and on the Alabama side have seen hurricanes, ice storms and floods, so we need something here on the Florida-Alabama state line for people. We are basically trying to create a tourist attraction.”
Raymer said that although this isn’t their first time here on the gulf coast, it was their favorite. “Perdido Key is such a beautiful place, so we are honored that it now has a tank just as beautiful with our name on it.”
King agreed adding, “We were so excited for the reveal at the chamber because the tank is spectacular. We knew that Tina and everyone that came out to see it was going to love it. I think we’ve captured the essence of this beautiful beach town and its people.”
The aquarium is currently on display at the Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center, located at 15500 Perdido Key Drive in Perdido Key. For more information, call 850-492-4660.