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Freshwater Falls Coming to Newport Aquarium

An exploration of what lies beneath the surface of streams and waterfalls around the world is coming to Newport Aquarium as the landmark attraction continues its twentieth anniversary season.

“There’s nothing more soothing than the sound of water cascading down a stream and nothing more invigorating than the roaring rush of a waterfall,” said Eric Rose, Newport Aquarium’s executive director. “The movement of the water draws us to these places but the rippling surface often hides the real wonder that lies beneath.”

The exhibit, dubbed Freshwater Falls, will feature dozens of species of plants and animals among thirteen tanks. Highlights of the new exhibit include a cross section of a cascading stream and waterfall both bursting with aquatic life, an announcement said. A trip through a tunnel will give nature lovers a look beneath the breaking surface of a Kentucky waterfall at a habitat that often goes unseen.

Here is a look at what the exhibit will feature:

Cascading Stream

See into a cross section of a cascading stream through the Congo. Discover animals like the West African lungfish, which walks on four fins and breathes air, and the elephantnose fish that finds food with an electric current in its long nose.

Waterfall Cross Section

Peer into a cross section of a Central American waterfall, home to a diverse collection of cichlids. These brightly colored fish come in countless sizes and shapes and are known for their social structure and being very attentive parents.

Beneath the Falls

Enter the first tunnel of the aquarium and experience what it’s like to be underwater beneath a Kentucky waterfall. See fish like bass, black crappie and perch as you’ve never seen them before amid the turbulent, bubbling waters.

Special Admission Offers

Through February 24, all annual passes are on sale for just $34.99 when purchased online. The aquarium is also offering one free child admission with each full price adult through February 28.

-Staff report