The New York Aquarium on Coney Island was among the victims of flooding during Hurricane Sandy, although the institution’s recently rescued walrus weathered the damage.
A spokeswoman for the Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs the New York Aquarium along with the Central Park Zoo, Bronx Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo, said the New York Aquarium’s 14-acre facility was under water due to Hurricane Sandy, the Associated Press reported.
She said the aquarium will determine how much damage Sandy unleashed on the facility from flooding once the water recedes.
The Coney Island aquarium had the most damage inflicted by the hurricane out of al the WCC institutions.
The spokeswoman said the four zoos did not suffer serious damage from Sandy, according to the AP.
Although the New York Aquarium was flooded, its newly acquired baby walrus, Mitik, survived the storm. Mitik was taken to the Coney Island facility earlier this month for treatment of numerous health issues after being rescued in Alaska.
In one of the many stories of New Yorkers assisting each other during Hurricane Sandy, aquarium employees stayed with Mitik as the storm to monitor his well-being, the New York World reported.
“As an orphaned calf, he was experiencing some health issues when he came to us as a rescue,” New York Aquarium Executive Vice President Jim Breheny said. “We have been monitoring his condition carefully since his arrival and continued this around-the-clock care throughout the duration of the storm.”
The flooding did not get in the way of Mitik’s treatment, Breheny told the website.
Mitik was rescued off the coast of Barrow, Alaska, back in July, according to a statement from the New York Aquarium.
When the 242-pound walrus was rescued, he was taken to the Alaska Sea Life Center and diagnosed with a number of health issues, including a bladder infection, dehydration and a high white blood cell count.
The aquarium said Alaska Sea Life Center officials did not think Mitik would survive his health problems.
Mitik is fed through a bottle every four hours and was “responding well to his medications” since arriving at New York Aquarium.