Newport Aquarium

Newport Aquarium
Newport Aquarium
Date opened May 1999 [1]
Location Newport, Kentucky, USA
Coordinates 39°05′40″N 84°29′51″W / 39.0943725°N 84.4975877°W / 39.0943725; -84.4975877Coordinates: 39°05′40″N 84°29′51″W / 39.0943725°N 84.4975877°W / 39.0943725; -84.4975877
Memberships AZA[2]

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 a million gallons of water, including the "Scooter" and "Sweet Pea," two of the few shark rays in captivity and the only breeding pair on display in the world. In 2009, the Aquarium received a baby shark ray from Taiwan, named Sunshine.

The facility is open to the public 365 days a year. Newport Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums a leader in global wildlife conservation.[3]

The Newport Aquarium is part of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, a for-profit company.



The Newport Aquarium's jellyfish gallery is the largest in the South.[citation needed] It includes a frog bog with a small playground where visitors can see different kinds of frogs, and a small Aviary where visitors can feed the birds.

Other exhibits include an alligators and an Ohio River tank where you can see fish from the Ohio River, and you can see other fish from rivers like the Mississippi, or the Amazon.

Rain forest includes Oriental Small-clawed Otter, Indian Crested Porcupine, Burmese pythons, Kookaburra, Goldie's Lorikeet, Goldie's Lorikeet, Rainbow Lorikeet, and Swainson's Blue Mountain Lory.

Ohio Riverbank includes Lake Sturgeon, Longnose gar, Yellow Perch, Rock Bass, and Smallmouth Bass.

Gator Bayou includes American alligator, Bluegill, and Blue catfish.

Amazon includes Arapaima, Pacu, Redtail catfish, Silver arowana, Black arowana, Long-tailed river stingray, and Perch.

Shark Central lets visitors pet the many species of sharks including Lesser guitarfish, Pyjama shark, Port Jackson shark, Leopard shark, Puffadder shyshark, Small-spotted catshark, Crested bullhead shark, Spotted Gully Shark (Sharptooth houndshark).

Kroger Penguin Palooza includes King penguin, Inca tern, Chinstrap penguin, Gentoo penguin, and Rockhopper penguin.

Jellyfish Gallery includes Moon jelly, Upside-down jellyfish, Sea nettle, and Spotted jelly.

Frog Bog includes Green tree frog, American Bullfrog, African Clawed Frog, Red-eyed Tree Frog, Gray Tree Frog, Cane toad, Tomato frog, and other frog and toad species.

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 (fish), Cardinal tetra, Peters' elephantnose fish, Eyelash viper, Giant Pacific octopus, Grunt sculpin, Lumpsucker, Umbrella crab, Painted greenling, Decorated war bonnets, 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 aka Honeycomb stingray, and Denver the Loggerhead sea turtle.

Coral Reef includes Honeycomb moray, Unicorn fish, Blue tang, Powderblue tang, Yellow tang, and Bonnethead.

Turtle Town includes False map turtle, Red-eared slider, Mudpuppy, Eastern long-necked turtle, Pancake Tortoise, Pig-nosed turtle, Gopher tortoise, and an Eastern Screech Owl.



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