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Stranded RI Sea Animals Moved to Mystic

Monday, Nov 5, 2012  |  Updated 3:13 PM EDT
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Stranded RI Sea Animals Moved to Mystic

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Hundreds of sea animals have been moved from an aquarium in Newport, Rhode Island to Mystic Aquarium after Superstorm Sandy indefinitely shut Save The Bay's Exploration Center & Aquarium at Easton's Beach.

The building was damaged by a direct hit by the storm, but the animals have been saved.

Mystic Aquarium has taken in about 300 fish and invertebrates that will be moved to a classroom for educational programs. The invertebrates will remain in Mystic but the fish will go elsewhere.

Sharks in a new petting tank exhibit at the Newport Aquarium  were released into the bay, the Providence Journal reports

Education director Bridget Prescott said that's probably the safest for them and aquarium officials told WJAR in Rhode Island that they are no danger to humans.

Prescott said aquarium officials prepared for Sandy and likely power outages by placing battery-powered aerators in each tank to keep the water oxygenated.

The basement, where pumping and filtration systems are located, was flooded and the motors were burnt out.
 

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