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New exhibit opens at Audubon Aquarium

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The Audubon Aquarium unveiled a new exhibit Friday.

Students from the Esperanza Charter School helped present the new 4,200-square-foot "Great Maya Reef" exhibit.

The aquarium says the Maya reef is the second-largest barrier reef on the planet, and it's only a three-hour plane ride from New Orleans.

During the unveiling ceremony at the Aquarium, James Arnold, Senior Curator at the Audubon Aquarium said, "We have to tell that story. People don't realize that it's in our backyard. So this is an avenue for us to get that point across to the public. So if you leave this gallery knowing that you are part of the ocean around you. Just like the Mayan civilization has been for thousands of years. Then we've done our job."

The $1 million exhibit will take visitors on an adventure through a submerged Mayan city.

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