Staffers say Mitik, the baby walrus, remained happy and unscathed, in spite of the storm. “It takes a heckuva lot more than Superstorm Sandy to make a walrus get uptight,” says Dohlin.
Floodwaters remain on the floor of the aquarium’s main exhibit building. Five of the six exhibit buildings were flooded.
Murky fish tanks in the Sea Cliffs area of the 14-acre complex, home to Mitik the walrus. It was one of the structures most severely damaged in the storm.
The aquarium is home to 12,000 creatures, the vast majority of which survived the storm. However, there were a few fish casualties: in particular, freshwater fish whose tanks were flooded.
Under normal circumstances, a tank like this is almost clear -- with a slightly blue tinge. The aquarium's fish tanks are all open on the top, so many of them were doused with sea-water and rain.