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    Posted December 31, 2013 by
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    Turn your penny into a walrus!

    I went to the New York Aquarium Sunday, which is located at Coney Island. It was raining cats and dogs, well not literally but heavy rainfall and still something to do. It only cost $5:00 to get in because they are still recovering from the effects of super storm Sandy but luckily many of the animals have been returned to their habitat here.
    while I was waiting for animal feeding time I noticed a machine that turns a penny into an animal or wildlife insigna. I chose the Walrus. You need 50 cents for the service and a penny. You choose the insigna you want, turn the about technology.. and walla..your penny is flattened and engraved with the motif of your choice. I was thrilled to get my walrus, and
    it turned out that just then a staff worker came with a huge bucket of food and fish to feed the walrus there and I was able to get some pictures.
    The Aquarium is located at Coney Island. You can get there via NYC subway system if you are visiting. All money is considered contributions and goes to restoring and rebuilding the new and better NY Aquarium.
    I know for a fact that many of the dedicated staff stayed with the animals during the height of the storm and you can see their gratitude by the way they interact with the playful but serious staff!
    Happy new year from the NY aquarium. I hope to be back there Sunday to check on my new animal friends..
    January I, 21014.
    Thank you..

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