Coney Island

Shark exhibit to open this month in Coney Island

June 12, 2018 By Gordon Walker Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A mid-construction aquarium photo. Eagle file photo by Lore Croghan

The long-awaited shark exhibit at the New York Aquarium opens on June 30.

Ocean Wonders: Sharks! was announced in 2012, but Superstorm Sandy delayed construction of the 57-000-square-foot exhibit until 2014.  

There will be a total of 115 species on display in the main 500,000-gallon tank, including sand tiger sharks, cownose rays, loggerhead sea turtles and thousands of types of fish. 

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Workers were putting the final touches on the Shimmer Wall on Wednesday, according to Brownstoner. The wall is made out of 33,000 aluminum rectangles, hanging from tension cables and recreates a sense of waves and movement across the facade as the wind shifts the tiles. The piece was designed in collaboration with artist Ned Kahn.


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