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New aquarium exhibit takes visitors beneath the falls, below streams

Special offers as aquarium celebrates 20 years
Elephantnose fish
Freshwater Falls
Posted at 1:41 PM, Feb 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-18 13:43:19-05

NEWPORT, Ky. — Learn about the aquatic life beneath a cascading stream, and the diverse species of fish that live beneath waterfalls.

The Newport Aquarium announced its newest exhibit, “Freshwater Falls,” Monday. The exhibit allows visitors to explore the plants and animals that live below streams and waterfalls around the world.

“The movement of the water draws us to these places but the rippling surface often hides the real wonder that lies beneath,” said Newport Aquarium executive director Eric Rose in a news release.

“Freshwater Falls” will feature 13 tanks with dozens of species of plants and animals. Among the highlights are West African lungfish which you’d find below a cascading stream through the Congo. It walks on all four fins and breathes air, according to a news release. One of its neighbors is the elephantnose fish which finds food with an electric current in its nose.

Aquarium guests will also see fish that live beneath a Kentucky waterfall like bass, black crappie and perch. Visitors will also be exposed to the species that live at the cross section of a Central American waterfall.

“Freshwater Falls” is opening as the aquarium celebrates its 20th anniversary. The opening of the “Jim Henson's Splash and Bubbles Reeftown Adventure” kicked off the milestone year in January. “Freshwater Falls” is scheduled to open in April.

"Freshwater Falls" rendering

The aquarium is celebrating its anniversary with some special deals as well. Annual passes are on sale for $34.99 when purchased online through Feb. 24, 2019. That’s a savings of up to $16. Plus, one child will be admitted for free with each full-price adult ticket through Feb. 28, 2019.

Purchase passes and tickets to the Newport Aquarium by clicking here.