Several species of animals will be housed in the completed project including sharks, stingrays, fish and a variety of marine invertebrates like sea stars, crabs and anemones.
It is a $1.85 million project and will be the second largest exhibit in the Aquarium’s 54-year history. It’s made possible through funding support from Empire State Development, M&T Bank, the John R. Oishei Foundation, Niagara County, the City of Niagara Falls and other partners.
The total exhibit volume will be more than 4,000 gallons.
The exhibit is completely customized and uniquely designed for the Aquarium of Niagara.
This is the third major exhibit at the Aquarium of Niagara in three years, following a series of projects including Penguin Coast and Aliens of the Sea featuring jellyfish.
It is the only hands-on shark and stingray interactive touch pool within 250 miles in the United States.
The interactive touch pool experience will be included with general admission. Visitors will be able to enhance their experience by participating in an animal feeding for a small fee, which helps support our collection of animals.
The exhibit will replicate a mangrove shoreline– a tidal ecosystem found in tropical estuaries and lagoons.
Dramatic lighting will highlight the characteristics of the animals in the exhibit while also replicating natural lighting cycles.
Studies indicate that guests are 75% more likely to remember what they learn from an interactive experience, and interactions with ambassador animals promote empathy. This in turn increases the likelihood that guests will want to protect the environment and wildlife, which is a big part of the mission of the Aquarium of Niagara.