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Newport Aquarium main entrance
|Date opened||May 1999|
|Location||Newport, Kentucky, U.S.|
|No. of animals||20,000|
|No. of species||90+|
|Total volume of tanks||1,000,000 US gal (3,800,000 L)|
|Owner||Herschend Family Entertainment|
The Newport Aquarium is an aquarium located in Newport, Kentucky, United States at Newport on the Levee. The aquarium has 70 exhibits and 14 galleries, including five seamless acrylic tunnels totaling over 200 feet (61 m) in length. The aquarium showcases thousands of animals from around the world in 1,000,000 US gal (3,800,000 L) of water, including the "Scooter" and "Sweet Pea," two of the few shark rays in captivity. In 2009, the Aquarium received a baby shark ray from Taiwan, named Sunshine.
The Newport Aquarium is part of Herschend Family Entertainment, a for-profit company.
Shark Central lets visitors pet the many species of sharks including lesser guitarfish, pyjama shark, Port Jackson shark, leopard shark, small-spotted catshark, crested bullhead shark, spotted gully shark (sharptooth houndshark).
The Gallery includes some of the aquarium’s most fascinating animals, including the invasive Lion Fish; glowing fish that help researchers detect pollution; and different species of nature’s wondrous jellyfish. The centerpiece of the gallery is illuminated by a 360-degree aquarium, the habitat of nearly 20 chambered nautilus - living fossils! Kids and kids-at-heart will enjoy the fun interactive elements of the projection wall and artistically designed displays.
Dangerous and Deadly includes Gila monster, red lionfish, pinecone fish, electric eel, Gaboon viper, spotted wobbegong, stonefish, redeye piranha, whitespotted bamboo shark, tentacled snake, Thunder the alligator snapping turtle and a cottonmouth (water moccasin).
Bizarre and Beautiful includes discus, cardinal tetra, Peters' elephantnose fish, eyelash viper, giant Pacific octopus, grunt sculpin, lumpsucker, umbrella crab, painted greenling, decorated warbonnets, spotted garden eel, Japanese spider crab, striated frogfish, yellow boxfish, porcupinefish, deepwater burrfish, and a group of seahorses.
Surrounded by Sharks includes bowmouth guitarfish (shark ray), sand tiger shark, sandbar shark, whitetip reef shark, blacktip reef shark, nurse shark, zebra shark, southern stingray, Nassau grouper, giant grouper, reticulate whipray also known as the honeycomb stingray, and Denver the loggerhead sea turtle.