Visitors walk through an immersive underwater tunnel that features a coral reef ecosystem with sharks at the new shark exhibition at the New York Aquarium, Wednesday June 20, 2018, in New York. "Ocean Wonders: Sharks!" exhibition, scheduled to open June 30, requires 500,000 gallons of water and will house more than 115 species with interactive presentations. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Storm-ravaged aquarium opens splashy new shark exhibit

June 24, 2018 - 10:30 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Cue the "Jaws" music. Sharks are the stars of a splashy new exhibit at the New York Aquarium.

The exhibit called "Ocean Wonders: Sharks!" marks a major step in the aquarium's recovery from the devastating impact of 2012's Superstorm Sandy.

It will open on June 30 while work continues on the rest of the aquarium's 14-acre campus.

The new exhibit is housed in a 57,000-square-foot building whose undulating shapes are clad in a "shimmer wall" of aluminum tiles.

Inside there are 12 species of sharks as well as six species of skates and rays. Dozens of other sea creatures from loggerhead sea turtles to striped bass join them in three massive tanks and several smaller ones.

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