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New York Aquarium

New York Aquarium, a science-based conservation organization, is located on Surf Avenue and West 8th Street in Brooklyn, New York. In association with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the aquarium is exclusively dedicated to save wildlife and wild places around the globe. As the only aquarium in New York City, it aims to evoke public awareness about the issues facing the ocean and its inhabitants. On December 10, 1896, New York Aquarium opened its doors in lower Manhattan, in the section now called Battery Park. Renowned as the oldest continually operating aquarium is U.S., it was soon adopted by New York Zoological Society (in October 1902). In June 1957, the aquarium was moved to its current location. Today, New York Aquarium has become a part of the largest network of metropolitan wildlife parks in the country. The aquarium uncovers hidden marine treasures through its arresting display of more than 350 species of aquatic wildlife and 8,000 specimens. The natural habitat is re-created in its various sections, including Alien Stingers, Glover’s Reef, Beluga Whale Pools, Sea Cliffs, Explore the Shore, and Salt Marsh. Visitors can explore mysterious sea jellies at the Alien Stingers. Glover’s Reef, a 165,000 gallon exhibit, features jawfish, moray eels, sharks, and other species of the Caribbean coral reef ecosystem. The Sea Cliffs, resembling the rocky Pacific coast from Alaska to California, includes Pacific walrus, California sea otters, black-footed penguins, and grey and fur seals. At the Beluga Whale Pools, visitors can take a close look at the whales through the two underwater viewing windows. The Salt Marsh, a vista of the famous Jamaica Bay wetlands, has sheepshead minnows, hermit crabs, and horseshoe crabs. A close encounter with the aquatic world is offered at the Explore the Shore, a special building dedicated to learning. It has three sections focusing on coastal ecosystems, adaptation of aquatic animals, and the relationship between people and the sea. Photographic displays, interactive videos, and participatory games also are included. Marine mammal demonstrations are performed at the aqua-theater. The original Bathysphere, also called the "lunar module" of oceanography, can be seen. The historic dive bell was used by William Beebe and Otis Barton in 1934, for their new deep-sea diving record. Several marine studies are conducted at the aquarium’s Osborn Laboratories of Marine Sciences (OLMS). Public events and educational programs are organized throughout the year. The aquarium offers impressive venues for corporate and private events. In addition to them, there is an indoor seaside cafe, outdoor vending carts, and picnic tables. The aquarium is easily accessible by the physically challenged.