Sand Shark Lagoon
As you cross the wooden bridge over Long Island Aquarium’s
Sand Shark Lagoon, look both ways to view a miniature panorama
of Long Island – the towering bluffs and rock-strewn
beaches of the North Shore on one side, and the rolling
dunes and salt marshes of the South Shore on the other.
Long Island provides the theme – and virtually everything
else – for this dramatic exhibit. In fact, all the
fish in this exhibit have been caught locally, typically
in either Peconic Bay or Shinnecock Bay.
In addition to sand sharks (Carcharias taurus),
one of the most abundant sharks on the US Atlantic coast,
Sand Shark Lagoon features many fish common to Long Island
waters, including striped bass, weakfish, fluke, Northern
sea robins, smooth dogfish, and clearnose skate.
The exhibit even features the endangered Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser
oxyrhynchus), caught in Shinnecock Bay.
You can feed the fish in Sand Shark Lagoon at scheduled
times throughout the day.