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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).
Ring of Fire is a gallery which focuses on certain species that visitors requested to come back the most. This gallery features Giant pacific octopus, Japanese spider crab, Moon jellyfish, Longspine snipefish, and Pinecone fish.
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).
Seahorses: Unbridled Fun includes Six-line wrasse, Splendid garden eel, Spotted garden-eel, Barbour's seahorse, Many-banded pipefish, Trumpetfish, Whitespotted surgeonfish, Opossum pipefish, Longspine snipefish, Big-bellied seahorse, Ribboned sea dragon, Razorfish[disambiguation needed], Dwarf seahorse, Flame angelfish, Hawaiian reef lobster, and a group of Paddlefish.
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.