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Newport Aquarium to add North America’s first Shark Bridge; Largest Scalloped Hammerheads exhibit

Bill Stephens, Web Editor

January 30th, 2015


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NEWPORT, Ky. – Newport Aquarium announced Wednesday an exhilarating 2015 lineup of
coming attractions, featuring Shark Bridge, the only suspension bridge in North America where
guests can walk just inches above nearly two dozen lurking sharks.
Scheduled for a mid-April opening, Shark Bridge is a 100-foot-long, V-shaped rope bridge
suspended over the waters of the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit’s 385,000-gallon tank.
Should guests dare to cross, Shark Bridge will offer an exclusive adventure and unique perspective of
walking closely atop seven species of sharks, four rare and exotic shark rays, multiple stingrays and
more than 300 fish.

“Shark Bridge will be a completely new way to experience sharks and a truly one-of-a-kind attraction
available nowhere but Newport Aquarium,” said Eric Rose, executive director. “Our diverse
collection of sharks is the cornerstone of our more than 90 exhibits, and guests will now be able to
experience them like they never have.”
The addition of Shark Bridge will triple the viewing area above the Surrounded by Sharks tank prior
to guests exiting the aquarium.

Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks
Coinciding with the opening of Shark Bridge in mid-April, extremely rare scalloped hammerhead
sharks will be added to the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit.
Newport Aquarium will be the only institution in North America to exhibit multiple scalloped
hammerhead sharks. This collection of scalloped hammerheads – which will be one of the largest on
display in the world – will help communicate the species’ conservation message to the public.
Newport Aquarium is working with field researchers from Hawaii, where the new hammerheads
originated, to educate the public about scalloped hammerhead conservation.
The scalloped hammerheads will join 17 other sharks currently in the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit
that include sand tiger, zebra, sandbar, blacktip, whitetip and nurse sharks.

Canyon Falls (featuring Otters)
Coming in mid-March, Newport Aquarium will open its newest exhibit, Canyon Falls, which will
occupy the area that currently houses the Turtle Canyon exhibit.
Canyon Falls will be the new home to Asian small-clawed otters, which are back by popular demand
after the aquarium previously exhibited otters from 2004 to 2013.
Newport Aquarium will offer scheduled otter talks at Canyon Falls that provide guests educational
opportunities to learn more about otters and otter conservation.
Other additions to Canyon Falls include two species of lizard never before seen at Newport
Aquarium – yellow monitor, a rare and active tree-dwelling lizard from Indonesia, and panther
chameleon, one of the most colorful lizards in the world from Madagascar.
Remaining in Canyon Falls will be Thunder, a more than 100-year-old snapping turtle and Newport
Aquarium’s oldest resident, as well as the Turtle Corral, where guests have the unique opportunity to
touch several species of tortoises.

Weeki Wachee Mermaids
Mermaids from Weeki Wachee Springs, Fla., will return to Newport Aquarium in October. The
announcement of their return comes on the heels of their wildly popular 10-day visit to Newport
Aquarium in October 2014, which was the 67-year-old institution’s first visit to the Midwest.
Further details of Weeki Wachee Mermaids returning to Newport Aquarium will be announced on a
later date.

Scuba Santa’s® Water Wonderland
A newly reimagined Scuba Santa’s® Water Wonderland will return for its 13th season on Nov. 27.
The 2015 edition of Scuba Santa® promises to offer guests new features and experiences. Further
details will be provided on a later date.
For more information on Newport Aquarium, visit NewportAquarium.com or call toll free 800-406-
FISH (3474).

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