The New York Aquarium is the oldest continually operating aquarium in the US. Originally opened in Castle Clinton in Battery Park, Manhattan in 1896, since 1957 it’s been located on the boardwalk in Coney Island.
The aquarium occupies 14 acres and boasts over 350 species of aquatic wildlife.
Sadly, the aquarium was seriously damaged during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, which flooded the facility and shut down power resulting in the deaths of many fish. The aquarium just recently reopened after repairs in May 2013 and is in the process of rebuilding some of the lost exhibits.
At the Glover’s Reef exhibit we get a snorkeler’s eye view of Belize – cow nose rays fly over the top of vibrant schools of fish. Moray eels peek out of the crevices along a stunning coral reef.
Scientists who work at the Glover’s Reef Marine Research station in Belize show us more about how the reefs are so resilient and support so much of the aquatic wildlife in the world. We learn about programs in South America to enable local communities to sustain themselves while protecting the natural resources there.
Various exhibits in Conservation Hall show how global marine programs to propagate coral are working to save coral reefs from the effects of global warming.
We learn how scientists can grow coral in the Coral Lab exhibit and see corals at various stages of life.
Other various labs in the hall show how scientists are working to protect endangered fish throughout the world.
The sea cliffs exhibits at the aquarium are a combined 300 foot long simulated rocky coastline and are home to Penguins, harbor seals, California sea lions, otters, and walruses.
Daily feedings of the animals in the exhibit provide a way for visitors to see how they feed and play.
The aqua theater presents daily performances of some of the more acrobatic of the sea lions. They show off diving, dancing and the occasional kiss.