by By Michael J. Shapiro | September 09, 2009

The largest marine aquarium in Latin America, to be called AquaRio, is expected to open in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by 2012, according to Brazzil Magazine. Municipal authorities announced the project last Wednesday, as part of a citywide revitalization effort. The roughly U.S. $60 million, 290,000-square-foot project will be home to 12,000 sea creatures, as well as a marine museum, convention center, shops and a restaurant. The aquarium will promote environmental education and serve as a home for research and recovery of injured sea animals.