The famous New York Aquarium was severely damaged six years ago when Hurricane Sandy left it inundated with water. Now the newly reopened aquarium is set to feature a massive new exhibition on sharks.
Called “Ocean Wonders: Sharks!” the exhibition will be unveiled on 30 June along with nine new galleries featuring a vast and diverse selection of marine life. Each of these new areas will have a different theme. Some of them are – the Coral Reef Tunnel, the New York Bight and the mysterious Hudson Canyon’s Edge.
The exhibition will be housed in a new three-storey building which will focus on educating visitors on the importance of conservation. They can also learn about the measures being taken to preserve sharks in the North Atlantic, and about the work of the Wildlife Conservation Society which runs the aquarium. The building itself is encased in an 1100-ft long Shimmer Wall made up of 33,000 aluminium flappers that move individually to create changing patterns.
Shark Exhibition To Open At The New York Aquarium
According to Jon Forrest Dohlin, Director of the New York Aquarium, “This exciting new shark exhibit will inspire our visitors to help conserve these amazing animals and awaken them to the reality that the city that never sleeps is surrounded by the sea that never sleeps … we will bring New Yorkers the miracle of this ocean wilderness surrounded by 20 million people.”
Costing $158 million the “Ocean Wonders: Sharks!” exhibit opens amid ongoing work on the rest of the aquarium, which won’t fully reopen until 2020.
The shark exhibition at the New York Aquarium will have more than 115 marine species and 18 different types of sharks and rays. Visitors will be able to see tiger sharks, sandbar sharks, nurse sharks and many other species that live in the waters around New York. They will also explore the 450 million year evolution of sharks and the major threats they face today.
Visitors can also look forward to a seafood lunch prepared using only sustainable fished options. To find out more visit the New York Aquarium’s official website.