A trip to the aquarium is always a great way to have fun while learning new things. Our Long Island personal injury lawyers love taking family trips to the Long Island Aquarium and getting an up-close view of their extensive collection of aquatic life. You can find just about anything here, from bugs to amphibians to sharks and other predators. Here are some of our favorite current exhibits at the Long Island Aquarium:
At the Amazon Rainforest Exhibit, visitors will learn about humanity’s responsibility to maintain the environment and animal life. This exhibit showcases some of the largest and most exotic Amazon fishes and other aquatic creatures. More than 2,000 species of tropical freshwater fish are found in the streams, ponds, and tributaries of the Amazon River. But as the exhibit explains, these fish are in danger because of deforestation and the pet trade.
American alligators are found in the southeastern United States. At this exhibit, you can view the Long Island Aquarium’s gators as they sunbathe on the beaches of their aquarium habitat. From May through September, there is an additional outdoor Gator Invasion exhibit, which showcases the larger alligators that live at the Long Island Aquarium.
The Long Island Aquarium is home to one of the largest all-living, closed-system coral reef displays in the Western Hemisphere. This impressive 30-foot long, 20,000-gallon exhibit is a manmade version of a natural reef ecosystem, with features like a reef wall, crest, terrace, and back reef. The live Coral Reef exhibit has both stony and soft corals, anemones, and coralline algae. Additionally, it is inhabited by roughly 800 types of fish and other marine life, such as tangs, wrasses, gobies, angelfish, sea cucumbers, snails, crabs, and sea urchins.
Lost City of Atlantis Shark Exhibit
This exhibit is designed as an imagining of the Lost City of Atlantis, featuring decorations like Poseidon’s 12-foot trident, pillars, and ruins of the mythological city. Of course, the exhibit is also inhabited by tiger sharks, nurse sharks, a moray eel, and a Queensland grouper, along with other fish. This exhibit is considered to be the crown jewel of the Long Island Aquarium.
Ocean Creatures of the World/Crab Villa
This exhibit focuses on invertebrate creatures, such as crabs and corals. The Japanese spider crab is one of the more noteworthy creatures found in this exhibit, as it is the largest crab species in existence today. Other creatures that can be found here include North American lobsters and mantis shrimp.