ORLANDO (CBS Tampa) – The center fish tank at the T-Rex Cafe in Downtown Disney is now empty after it sprung a leak during Monday’s dinner rush.
Diners scrambled when the tank, a centerpiece at the restaurant, started spewing water into the dining room.
Some took videos of the incident and posted them online.
Restaurant workers did what they could to save the fish.
A witness tells the Orlando Sentinel employees scooped up the fish as the water level in the tank fell and others rushed around with plastic bags and squeegies.
“The staff…they were doing the best job that they could,” said 28-year-old Kate Wallace, who was vacationing from San Diego with her family. “It was craziness. Just kind of people freaking out. It’s not something that you see very often. How do you respond to that?”
An aquarium expert tells WKMG-TV the circular tank probably held between 2,000 and 3,000 gallons. Two half-circles were joined together with a strong sealant.
Bill Hamel, CEO of Looking Glass Aquarium says water pressure probably pushed through one of the seams, causing the leak.
The T-Rex Cafe is owned by Landry Hospitality, which also owns Bubba Gump Shrimp Company and Rainforest Cafe.
A spokesman for Landry praised the efforts of the restaurant staff, noting that all the fish were saved.
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