Dauphin Island Sea Lab to reopen October 12 after Hurricane Sally damage

Mobile County

UPDATE (10/02/2020 1:39 PM) — Dauphin Island Sea Lab is set to reopen October 12 after incurring damage from Hurricane Sally.

We will reopen the aquarium on Monday, October 12. Hours will be 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase online. Masks required for all over the age of 2.

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (WKRG) — It has been a couple of weeks since Hurricane Sally ripped through our area. Dauphin Island was one place that was hit hard. The Dauphin Island Sea Lab saw extensive damage from Sally, but the good news is, they are able to rebuild and are trying to open as soon as possible. 

Other than trees down, the graduate school building had part of its roof ripped off, so many of the dorm rooms were devastated with debris everywhere. A storage building also had plenty of roof damage. The Marine Science Hall which houses much of the lab’s research facilities had offices destroyed to where big patches of sunlight can be seen coming through the roof and ceiling with insulation and building pieces everywhere.

Luckily, the aquarium saw minimal damage and all of the animals were unharmed. Dr. John Valentine, Executive Director of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, says, “I would say tentatively we should be back open October 3. Discovery Hall Programs which is our K-12 children’s programs is reopening this weekend.” Opening this weekend is the goal, but be sure to check their website and right here on WKRG.com for updates. 

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