This video is called NEW YORK AQUARIUM 5 5 2009.
From the Wildlife Conservation Society in the USA:
WCS’s New York Aquarium Set To Reopen after Sandy
April 6, 2013
The Wildlife Conservation Society will partially reopen the New York Aquarium on Saturday, May 25.
This partial reopening will come about 7 months after Hurricane Sandy devastated the 14-acre aquarium campus, severely damaging its buildings, exhibits, and the facility’s aquatic life support systems.
The partial reopening will include: Glover’s Reef (featuring the sea life found in Glover’s Reef, Belize); Exhibits in Conservation Hall (Coral Triangle of Fiji, Great Lakes of East Africa, and the Flooded Forests of the Amazon); Outdoor spaces of Sea Cliffs (walrus, sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters and penguins); and a fully re-modeled Aquatheater with a new sea lion demonstration.
“We are ready to welcome New York families and tourists back into the WCS New York Aquarium,” said Cristián Samper, WCS President and CEO. “We have worked nonstop to ensure that the marine life in the aquarium was safe and secure. We want to share this progress with New Yorkers and be a part of the Coney Island comeback following Hurricane Sandy. The aquarium is an important economic engine for the community, providing jobs and sparking commerce. We have been encouraged by the outreach from the city and across the country urging us to reopen.”
Watch a news clip about the aquarium’s comeback from ABC here.
- New York Aquarium to Open for First Time after Hurricane Sandy (natureworldnews.com)
- Sandy-Damaged New York Aquarium To Partially Reopen In May (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- New York Aquarium to reopen May 25, 7 months after Sandy (pix11.com)
- New York Aquarium On Coney Island Set To Reopen May 25 (latinospost.com)
- Sandy-Damaged NY Aquarium to Partially Reopen (livescience.com)
It’s hard to believe it was one year ago today that Hurricane Sandy devastated our beloved New York Aquarium – flooding exhibits, putting our animals at risk, and leaving us powerless.
What happened next is something I will never forget. It’s a story of hard work, determination and, above all, an incredible outpouring of support.
From the staff who remained on site around the clock caring for animals, to the thousands of individuals who donated time and money, to the community that celebrated our partial reopening eight months later, it’s been a remarkable year.
The continued existence of the aquarium was not a guarantee one year ago today. As the park began to fill up with water, I vividly recall thinking the damage to the facility and our marine life could be irreparable.
Thankfully, with your support, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Twelve months later the aquarium is not only open, we’re working to redesign and rebuild in ways that will leave us more resilient in the future.
Now it’s time to finish what we started together a year ago. We’re hard at work on our continued renovations and intent on providing an aquarium experience that New Yorkers – and New York’s marine life – deserve.
Our biggest undertaking is a new exhibit, Ocean Wonders: Sharks! Wrapping the exhibit’s exterior is the shimmer wall, a mesmerizing work of art. The shimmer wall will be the centerpiece of our transformation, a beacon to the millions of visitors inspired by our marine treasures and dazzling shoreline.
For a $100 donation, you can own a piece of the aquarium’s future by donating a virtual tile on the shimmer wall. You can even customize it with a message of support. Tiles also make great gifts!
Today begins a new chapter in the history of the New York Aquarium. I hope you’ll join with us and the sharks, sea turtles, seals, and other marine wildlife that have inspired hundreds of thousands of visitors for generations.
Jon Forrest Dohlin
Director, New York Aquarium
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