DULUTH (AP) -- The company that runs the aquarium at the Mall of America is deciding whether to swallow a smaller fish, the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth.
Underwater Adventures owner Todd Peterson toured Duluth's aquarium earlier this month and told city leaders he could make the attraction viable, the Duluth News-Tribune reported Thursday. The newspaper was unable to reach Peterson for comment.
The city has been running the Great Lakes Aquarium since October, after aquarium officials said they were broke. Mayor Gary Doty appointed a task force to look for ways to save the two-year-old, $33.8 million attraction, which peaked at about 400,000 visitors per year but is expected to plunge to half that this year. The city laid off most of the aquarium staff but kept the aquarium open on weekends; it now takes in about $20,000 a month.
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