Emerald City is already known for its underwater jewel box filled with marine creatures, cuddly otters and a diving Santa even. But it's about to get a whole lot better. — A massive seafront is coming to Seattle Aquarium. And it's going to be sharks and stingrays galore! 

It's probably the closest thing you'll get to Atlantis. The 48,000-foot Ocean Pavilion is proposed to open in 2023. The new space costs a whopping $113 million and will take the place of the now-demolished Alaskan Way Viaduct, between Pike Place Market and Piers 59 and 60, according to The Seattle Times.

Although it currently costs between $29.95 and $34.95 per adult to visit the Seattle Aquarium, prices for the pavilion will be decided closer to its opening. 

According to the plans, not just visitors, but passersby will also be able to sneak a peek at 6-foot-long sharks and 6-foot-wide stingrays in a glass-bottomed tank shaped like a martini glass! The architects of the project revealed how it would look.

The tank with 325,000 gallons of blue waters will be the main draw. It'll have five different types of sharks from the Coral Triangle near Indonesia. 

There's also going to be a rooftop deck with endless views of the gorgeous Elliot Bay. 

You can see a mix of exotic species like blacktip reef sharks, whiptail rays, small fusilier fish and brilliant tang fish swimming around with the sharks. 

But don't worry, they won't become bait as the sharks will be well-fed. 

Since the goal is to encourage caring about the ocean's health, the tank will be an inspiring ecosystem of marine life. There'll also be a massive exhibit with pretty live coral open for viewing.

Narcity has contacted the Aquarium for more exclusive details on this latest expansion. We’ll update the story when more details are confirmed. 

We can't wait to see sharks cruising around inches away while learning a thing or two about ocean conservation. All we know is that it's almost time to 'seas' the day!


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