New York

New Aquarium in Coney Island

Picture by Debbie Egan-Chin/New York Daily News

The New York Aquarium in Coney Island is the place to be to see the ocean’s bounty.   The Aquarium now has two exhibits that include 16 tanks of amazingly colored coral. The coral is grown at the Surf Avenue facility.

As WCS Vice President and New York Aquarium director Jon Forrest Dohlin said,

“Growing corals… preserve these fragile eco systems while educating the public about coral reefs in the wild.”

Coral reefs are definitely something to admire, as close to 33% of the world’s reefs have been lost due to climate changes and unchecked coastal developments.   As a result, the New York Aquarium is actually growing its own coral, growing somewhere between 25 and 30 different types of coral.

The coral actually forms quite slowly, starting as minute fragments, and they can take as long as two to four years to develop.   Those of you in the area who want to pop by and enjoy this unique experience can visit the aquarium’s Conservation Hall and Glover’s Reef exhibits.


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