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New York Aquarium Reopens After Hurricane Sandy

Submitted by on June 17, 2013 – 3:13 pmNo Comment |
New York Aquarium by David Shankbone - Wikimedia

New York Aquarium by David Shankbone – Wikimedia

The New York Aquarium re-opened for the first time, this week, after closing its doors due to the floods from Hurricane Sandy, back in October of this year.

Back then, I did write a couple blog posts in preparation for the storm and then during the power outage that ensued. As I wrote them, I had no idea just how devastating Sandy was going to be–the advice provided there would help with a short-term power outage like I faced in Pennsylvania–but would fall short of the level of life support that the New York Aquarium required. Did you see those articles? You can find them here:

A quote from the NY Times website read:

“The flood knocked out the aquarium’s electrical transformers and damaged the electrical distribution system and other vital pieces of equipment. The aquarium relied on generators until the end of December.”

Prior to the storm, the aquarium was home to more than 12,000 animals. Now, the aquarium has about 6,000 creatures on display.

The good news, if there is good news in this story, is that many of the animals are ok. They survived and will be moved to other zoos and aquariums. The reason they won’t be on display is because of the damage to the buildings and aquarium systems, not because the livestock were lost.

One of the optical illusions of a public aquarium the size of the New York Aquarium is that aquaria on display are really just the tip of the iceberg. The real life support systems existed behind the scenes and in the basement–areas that were seriously damaged by the storm.

In addition to the livestock being scaled back, the price of admission has been scaled back as well, to a very affordable rate of $9.95. If you live near the New York City area, I encourage you to stop in and support the aquarium. They could use our support–all of our support.

If you would like to make a donation to the Aquarium to help them with their rebuilding efforts, you can make a donation to HELP REBUILD THE NEW YORK AQUARIUM on their website here. You can make your donation by credit card directly on that site. While this is not tax advice from me, their website does suggest such a donation may be tax deductible. Check with a tax expert on that, of course. If you choose to make a donation–leave a comment here. Let your fellow hobbyists know you want to help them rebuild and let us thank you for your support–rallying around those who sustain major losses is one of the coolest things about the people in this hobby–what do you say–do you have a few bucks you could donate?

Source : Saltwater Aquarium Blog

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