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In Sandy's Wake, Aquarium Struggling to Stay Afloat : Slideshow

Thursday, November 08, 2012

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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.

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Floodwaters remain on the floor of the aquarium’s main exhibit building. Five of the six exhibit buildings were flooded.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Scuba gear hangs outside the Aquatic theater, where the sea lions perform.

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