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Sharks, stingrays avoid Georgia's icy roads

The specialized truck with life-support systems was scheduled to make a cross-country trek from the Florida Keys to a new aquarium opening next month in Concord, N.C.

The Associated Press

1/31/2014

ATLANTA — A rolling tank of sharks and stingrays heeded warnings and fared far better than Atlanta drivers stranded by this week's ice and snow storm.

The specialized truck with life-support systems was scheduled to make a cross-country trek from the Florida Keys to a new aquarium opening next month in Concord, N.C.

Pollyanna Falk of Spark Strategic Ideas said the Sea Life aquarium had planned to introduce the animals at a media event Thursday, but that was postponed due to the ice and snow storm.

She said the delivery company heeded warnings about treacherous road conditions in Georgia Wednesday and the trip was postponed.

Falk doesn't believe the truck made it to Georgia, so it was never stuck in metro Atlanta's epic traffic jam that began Tuesday afternoon and stretched into Wednesday.

"Apparently the truck was still in Florida when he had heard about all the delays in Atlanta so he didn't want to get stuck in the icy conditions," Falk said.

Falk said the animals would still be delivered once road conditions improved, and the delays won't affect the aquarium's scheduled opening.

The $10 million Sea Life aquarium is set to open Feb. 20 at Concord Mills, a large shopping complex in the northeast suburbs of Charlotte, N.C.

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