Although tough to watch, I was impressed by the herculean efforts made by the aquarium staff. Thanks to their efforts nearly 90% of the aquarium inhabitants survived. Among the casualties were 150 Koi living in holding ponds outside the aquarium while their indoor exhibits were being renovated. All were lost when the storm surge swept them away. On the other end of the spectrum was the happy story of a three foot long American eel found very much alive in the bottom of a shower stall. Delighted workers promptly named him Lazarus.
I've heard that the Jenkinson's Aquarium in New Jersey was hard hit as well, but I have no details. If any of you have information about their status, please post a comment here to update us. Lastly, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is accepting donations specifically for aquarium rebuilding. Visit their site for more information about what you can do to help.
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