Mayor Bloomberg shared a sloppy kiss with a sea lion today during his visit to the New York Aquarium.


He announced new funding for a Coney Island shark exhibit during shark week. A new addition will include a 57,000 square foot "Ocean Wonders: Sharks!" building. Bloomberg also announced a private gift of $7.5 million from Wildlife Conservation Society Trustee Barbara Hrbek Zucker and her husband, Don.


"From the start, the exciting expansion and renovation of the New York Aquarium has been a vital part of our efforts to revive Coney Island," Mayor Bloomberg said. "The project is going to make the Aquarium much more visible and visually exciting to Coney Island’s thousands of visitors – from those strolling the Boardwalk to others visiting the Aquarium itself."


But Bloomie didn't dedicate all his time to sharks. He didn't leave the aquarium without a kiss from a sea lion.