Electric Eel (NY Aquarium)


The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium
Shocks Visitors with Debut of New Electric Eel

Electric eel finds home in aquarium’s Explore the Shore exhibit

Help the aquarium name its newest resident
Visit http://www.nyaquarium.com to submit a name

View the video at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG_QEHM-WtQ

New York – August 12, 2011 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium asks New Yorkers to name its new electric eel.

To nominate a name go to: http://www.nyaquarium.com. Aquarium staff will choose from the pool of submissions.

The eel lives in the aquarium’s Explore the Shore exhibit where visitors watch it swim through the plants and branches. It eats shrimp and capelin fish.

Electric eels are native to streams and lakes of South America. They generate electricity which they use for navigation and survival. The species uses low-intensity electrical impulses to navigate murky waters. It generates pulses of more than 650 volts – five times the power of a standard wall socket – to disable its prey.

The Wildlife Conservation Society conducts research throughout South America, including in the Amazon basin where the electric eel lives. WCS works in all four oceans and in 20 countries to protect marine wildlife and ecosystems.

Last fall, WCS initiated A SEA CHANGE at the New York Aquarium which includes The New York Seascape, a conservation program designed to restore healthy populations of local marine species in the New York Bight from Montauk, New York, to Cape May, New Jersey.

Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium opens every day of the year at 10am, and closing times vary seasonally. Admission is $14.95 for adults, $10.95 for children ages 3-12 and $11.95 for senior citizens (65 and older); children under 3 years of age are admitted free. Fridays after 3pm, admission is by suggested donation. The Aquarium is located on Surf Avenue at West 8th Street in Coney Island. For directions, information on public events and programs, and other Aquarium information, call 718-265-FISH or visit our web site at http://www.nyaquarium.com. Now is the perfect time to visit and show support for the New York Aquarium, Brooklyn’s most heavily attended attraction and a beloved part of the City of New York.

The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth.

Special Note to the Media: If you would like to guide your readers or viewers to a Web link where they can make donations in support of helping save wildlife and wild places, please direct them to wcs.org.

WCS Digital Community:

Web Sites:
http://www.wcs.orghttp://www.bronxzoo.comhttp://www.centralparkzoo.comhttp://www.queenszoo.comhttp://www.prospectparkzoo.com● http://www.nyaquarium.com

Facebook:
Wildlife Conservation Society http://www.facebook.com/TheWCS
Bronx Zoo http://www.facebook.com/bronxzoo
Central Park Zoo http://www.facebook.com/centralparkzoo
Queens Zoo http://www.facebook.com/queenszoo
Prospect Park Zoo http://www.facebook.com/prospectparkzoo
New York Aquarium http://www.facebook.com/nyaquarium

WCS Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/user/WCSMedia

Twitter:
@TheBronxZoo
@NewYorkAquarium
@TheWCS

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