on November 30, 2000
Most Brooklyn natives might not think of travelling all the way out to Coney Island to visit the local aquarium, but the current facility is a modern, creature-friendly zoo that can compete head to head (or tail to tail) with the likes of SeaWorld. Run by the Wildlife Conservation, who also administer the Bronx Zoo and other institutions across the nation, the Aquarium has a focus on respecting wildlife and promoting conservation. A large theater houses both dolphins and sea lions that perform regularly scheduled shows that frequently result in wet audiences. Small beluga whales are also on display in a large tank, which is no problem as these friendly creatures gravitate towards the windows to check you out in return. Sharks and octopusess (octopi?) elicit the expected oohs and ahhs from children, whereas older aquatic fans will be happy to park themselves on a bench and watch the penguins frolic while munching on dolphin shaped french fries.
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