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The effects of Hurricane Sandy continue to be felt at the Aquarium, which is in the midst of major renovation and expansion work, expected to finish in 2016. That being said, many of the exhibits are now open and the NY Aquarium remains home to hundreds of sea creatures, including California sea lions that perform daily at the Aquatheater. Also basking in the spotlight are Pacific octopuses, sharks, seahorses, black-footed penguins, California sea otters, and a variety of seals. Children love the hands-on exhibits at Touch Pool.