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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
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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. 

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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