As Delray Beach’s first luxury boutique property, The Seagate Hotel & Spa kicked off the 25th Anniversary of Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” by unveiling a new 2,500-gallon shark tank in their signature restaurant, The Atlantic Grille. Adding to the celebration, the restaurant will also be launching a new menu, emphasizing local seafood and produce with signature dishes such as Roasted Local Snapper and Pan Fried Scallops. “We are thrilled to be announcing our brand new shark tank to align with the excitement of Shark Week,” said William J. Sander, Executive VP of The Seagate Hospitality Group and General Manager of The Seagate Hotel & Spa. “As we aim to add to the ambiance of The Atlantic Grille, coupled with all the positive feedback we received about our aquariums, it seemed like a natural fit.” At20feetlongandfourfeettall,the tank contains a variety of sharks including Japanese Leopard, Smooth-Hound, Nurse, Guitar and Horn Sharks. Also sharing the tank is Porkfish, Moonfish, Squirrelfish, a Garibaldi Damselfish, a spiny Florida lobster and a Yellow Stingray and Atlantic Stingray.
Sourced locally by Magnificent Aquariums, a local company that specializes in engineering custom marine aquariums and professional tank maintenance, the sharks will be taken care of by Magnificent Aquariums staff whom will be on-site three days per week. The Seagate Hotel & Spa has also committed to an exchange program to relocate sharks to a larger aquarium as they outgrow the tank. Aquariums have long been a popular attraction at The Seagate Hotel & Spa. The new shark tank joins a 1,750-gallon aquarium with vibrant reef fish in the lobby; a 750-gallon tank with wild Lionfish and Porcupine Puffer Fish; a 550-gallon grand hall aquarium with Morey Eels; and a 450-gallon display of tranquil Moon Jellyfish. Rates start at $159 per night for courtyard rooms through September 30, 2012. For information or to make reservations at The Seagate Hotel & Spa, contact 561-665-4800 or 877-577-3242, or visit www.theseagatehotel.com.