Photos of flooded New York Aquarium

Jon Forrest Dohlin, director of the WCS New York Aquarium, surveying a sea lion exhibit while walking through flood waters. Photo by Julie Larsen Maher of WCS.


The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released pictures on November 6th, showing damage caused at the New York Aquarium by Hurricane Sandy.

  • The conservation group says it is “making progress restoring life support systems to our aquatic exhibits” by using back-up generators, but that it may need to temporarily relocate some of the animals, and there are still areas that staff cannot safely get to.
  • “We are facing a critical period when we will have to decide if we are going to move some of our animals. We are still working around the clock to accomplish what we need to do,” says WCS.
  • WCS says that some of the aquarium’s best known inhabitants, including an orphaned rescue walrus named Mitik, various adult walruses, sharks, penguins, sea turtles, and sea lions, “did well” in the storm. The fish collection also weathered the storm.
  • “We have been able to maintain temporary life support on our tanks and exhibits since we lost power when the storm hit. This was made possible by … the team of professionals we have at the New York Aquarium, led by its Director, Jon Dohlin. Our veterinarians have been working with the animal care staff to ensure the health and well-being of all our animals,” says WCS.
Flood damage at the New York Aquarium on Nov 1, 2012 following Sandy. Photos by Julie Larsen Maher of WCS.

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