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  • Spotlight Interview with Eric Eimstad, Miami Seaquarium

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    October 02, 2016
    Q: Please tell us a bit about yourself
    A:  My father was in the Navy and growing up around the ocean I developed a love and passion for the sea and its inhabitants.  My interest in the ocean led me to attend the University of Miami to study Marine Biology.  After I received my undergraduate degree, I was fortunate enough to obtain a position working at Miami Seaquarium.  I started out scrubbing pools and cleaning up after sea lions, then got a chance to train with dolphins and finally spent many years working with Lolita, the park’s resident Orca.  After my years as a trainer, I went back to school to obtain my MBA.  Over the years, I have left the park on several other occasions to pursue other interests,  but I always seem to find my way back home to Miami Seaquarium.  

    Q: Can you share with us some of the unique offerings at Miami Seaquarium which the gay families in our community would find of interest to bring their kids to experience?
    A: Miami Seaquarium has much to offer both gay couples and families.   In addition to offering fun and exciting marine animal shows, presentations and educational exhibits, the park provides the opportunity to get up-close and personal  in the Dolphin and Seal Swim programs, as well as the Sea Trek underwater Reef Encounter.  Gay families with young children will also be interested in ‘Flipper’s Fall Fest’ a new event happening in October, with a hay maze, pumpkins, rides, a dance party and much more.

    Q: What is next for the Miami Seaquarium? Any plans of expansion or enhancement to the current exhibitions and shows?
    A: There is a lot that’s new at Miami Seaquarium.  This year, we have unveiled ‘Penguin Isle’, a new exhibit featuring endangered African penguins.  ‘Conservation Outpost’ also opened this year and features educational videos, displays and graphics on the natural and man-made threats facing manatees and sea turtles.  Later this year, we will begin renovating the park admissions plaza, retail space and entrance promenade, including the addition of touch pools and a flamingo exhibit.   

    Q: In three words how would you describe a visit to the Miami Seaquarium
    A:
    A-MAZ-ING

    Q: You and your husband Michael have been together for over 36 years…can you share with us some of your secrets to a good relationship? 
    A:
    It truly was love at first sight when I met Michael in 1980 and we have been together ever since.  It may sound like a cliché, but besides being my husband, he is also my best friend.  Whether it is hanging out at home in Coconut Grove with our 3 dogs and 2 cats or traveling to far off places, we love spending time together.  

    Q: As a long-term member of MDGLCC, what makes the Chamber worthy of your support?
    A:
    Entertainment, Education, Wildlife Conservation and Community Involvement are the park’s ‘Pillars of Commitment’.   As an attraction icon in Miami for the last 61 years, Miami Seaquarium is committed to being a strong community partner.  The park’s membership and support of the MDGLCC provides an excellent way to connect and support the South Florida LGBTQ community.
     
    Contact:
    Eric Eimstad
    eric.eimstad@palaceentertainment.com, 305 365 2512
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