Monday, August 31, 2009

400 Million Year Old Species Live At NY Aquarium

Prehistoric Creature of the Deep at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium. Chambered Nautilus now on exhibit. Like the coelacanth, the nautilus has remained unchanged for over 400 million years and are considered living fossils. During prehistoric times, there were about 10,000 different species of nautilus, but only a small handful are known to survive today. The nautilus is closely related to other cephalopods such as the squid, cuttlefish, and octopus. Like most cephalopods, it can use jet propulsion to reach speeds of over two knots. The life and habits of the nautilus are still largely a mystery since it spends most of its time in deep water up to 1,800 feet. Visit the New York Aquarium today and view these interesting creatures.

The New York Aquarium opens every day of the year at 10am, and closing times vary seasonally.
Admission is $13.00 for adults, $9.00 for children ages 3-12 and $10.00 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

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