NY Aquarium loses part of fish collection to storm

By the Associated Press | November 3, 2012 | 1:33 AM EDT

In this Nov. 1, 2012 photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society a black drum fish at Coney Island's New York Aquarium swims in the water of the "Sea Cliffs" exhibit, in front of flood waters that inundated the aquarium during superstorm Sandy. Unless power is restored soon, the aquarium says it may have to relocate 12,000 creatures, including walruses, sharks, sea turtles, penguins and a giant octopus. (AP Photo/Wildlife Conservation Society, Julie Larsen Maher)

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Aquarium has lost part of its fish collection after being flooded by the superstorm and having its equipment extensively damaged.

The Wildlife Conservation Society runs the aquarium. It says in a statement the aquarium's "walruses, sea lions, seals, sea otters, sea turtles and sharks are all fine."

Friday's statement says most of the fish that were lost were in an exhibit tank workers couldn't immediately reach after the storm.

The Conservation Society says restoring power to the aquarium has taken longer than expected but power should be back soon.