This was the first Ripley’s Aquarium that Joe helped to design, construct and operate from the ground up. Many improvements were added to this second aquarium design including superior life support systems, better décor and informational graphics. Joe also helped this facility obtain AZA accreditation three times.
Ripley’s opened its first aquarium in Myrtle Beach in June 1997 but had big plans to build many more aquariums so Joe was hired in 1998 as the Vice President of Husbandry to assist them with that goal and did so for 17 years. All three Ripley’s Aquariums combined have entertained and educated over 40 million guests!