Newport Aquarium

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Being in the Commonwealth, Ric Urban says the newest exhibit at the Newport Aquarium just makes sense.

"Everything about Kentucky is horses, and now we have seahorses on display, with their relatives, in "Seahorses: Unbridled Fun," says the chief conservation officer.

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The Newport Aquarium reports one of its oldest and most popular animals has died. Thunder, the 150 pound alligator snapping turtle died Tuesday.

She was estimated to be around 150 years old.

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This just in: Shark ray pups are kind of adorable.

The Newport Aquarium says eight pups born last month have reached an important milestone.

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The Newport Aquarium is calling it's new exhibit the "most interactive seahorse exhibit in the country." Seahorses: Unbridled Fun opens in April and features 10 species of seahorses, sea dragons, trumpetfish, shrimpfish and pipefish.

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The Association of Zoos and Aquariums is leading a new effort to save endangered and threatened species.  The executive director of the organization, Chris Vehrs, announced the Saving Animals From Extinction, or SAFE, program Friday morning at the Newport Aquarium.

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The Newport Aquarium is opening Canyon Falls Saturday, March 14. The exhibit occupies the former Turtle Canyon exhibit. It features Asian small-clawed otters, rare yellow monitor lizards, panther chameleons, and two kinds of turtles.

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Shark Bridge, scheduled for a mid-April opening at the Newport Aquarium, is not for the faint of heart.

The attraction features a 100-foot-long, V-shaped rope bridge suspended over the waters of the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit's 385,000-gallon tank.

The aquarium says, "It is the only suspension bridge in North America where guests can walk just inches above nearly two dozen lurking sharks."

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Paula the penguin took a trip outside the Newport Aquarium Thursday to check herself out. The African black-foot penguin seemed only mildly impressed by the 25 foot tall version of herself painted on the north exterior wall of the Aquarium. The artists and young artist apprentices working on the mural, however, enjoyed seeing how their work turned out.

ArtWorks Cincinnati is in the midst of producing a "Shark Wall" mural for Newport Aquarium as part of the aquarium’s 15-year anniversary. When complete it will feature a 35-foot long sand tiger shark along with other marine life.

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The Newport Aquarium is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

Campbell County Judge Executive Steve Pendery credits the Aquarium and Newport on the Levee for bolstering Northern Kentucky's economy.

Happy Birthday Bravo!

Apr 19, 2014
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The star of Newport Aquarium's new Turtle Canyon exhibit, Bravo, a 650 pound tortoise, turns 85 Saturday. He was hatched April 19, 1929 on the Ecuadorian island of Santa Cruz. He arrived at the United States as part of the last group of tortoises exported from the Galapagos Islands.

He didn't waste any time celebrating

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The Newport Aquarium gave a sneak peak of it's newest exhibit, Turtle Canyon, to the media today. 

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Update:

The executive director of the Newport Aquarium is optimistic that Sweet Pea will give birth again and when it happens he's confident his team will have more information about caring for shark ray pups. Eric Rose says the problem was they were not able to digest their food, and consequently did not put on weight. This was despite efforts to tube feed them with a paste of shrimp, fish and vitamins.

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Visitors to the Newport Aquarium's Turtle Canyon, set to open March 22, won't have any trouble seeing the exhibit's star, Bravo.

Bravo is the largest turtle in the Midwest, weighing in at 600 pounds. The Galapágos tortoise was hatched April 19, 1929 on the Ecuadorian island of Santa Cruz. In the next few weeks Bravo will arrive by truck and the aquarium will use a crane to get him inside.

Bravo will join Thunder, the oldest resident at Newport Aquarium at more than 100 years of age. Thunder is a 118 pound alligator snapping turtle.

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The Newport Aquarium is celebrating the arrival of six shark ray pups.

Here's the announcement:

In a historic biological achievement, Newport Aquarium announced Wednesday that Sweet Pea, the first documented shark ray to breed in a controlled environment, gave birth to seven pups on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.