BOSTON (AP) — The New England Aquarium is officially reopening its signature attraction following a $17 million redesign and renovation project.

The Boston aquarium on Monday reopened its 200,000-gallon, four-story central Giant Ocean Tank following a 10-month upgrade project.

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The Caribbean coral reef is home to more than 2,000 sea creatures from 140 species, including turtles and sharks. That’s double the number of animals it previously held.

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The tank’s windows have been replaced with a clear acrylic, and the frames have been expanded to offer better glimpses into the underwater world. The top of the tank has been transformed with a new education center.

Aquarium officials say the goal is to enhance the facility’s physical appearance and to bolster educational and conservation missions.

The aquarium is one of the region’s most popular attractions.

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