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'Turtle Canyon' opens Saturday at Newport Aquarium

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A 118-pound alligator snapping turtle named Thunder will make his new digs at Turtle Canyon. Believed to be more than 100 years of age, Thunder is the oldest resident at Newport Aquarium. File photo A 118-pound alligator snapping turtle named Thunder will make his new digs at Turtle Canyon. Believed to be more than 100 years of age, Thunder is the oldest resident at Newport Aquarium. File photo
NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) -

On Friday's FOX19 Morning News, we'll get an inside view of the new turtle exhibit at Newport Aquarium. Kelly Rippin will be live there from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Opening Saturday, Turtle Canyon will feature more than 14 species spanning three continents. From the largest tortoise species in the world -- the Galapagos tortoise -- to the smallest tortoise species in the Northern Hemisphere -- the Egyptian tortoise.

Following a renovation of the rain forest exhibit, Turtle Canyon will allow guests to view turtles up close from multiple angles.

The new exhibit will include a turtle corral which offers guests the opportunity to touch a variety of turtles including one of North America's largest tortoise species -- the Gopher tortoise.

Two massive turtles are set to anchor the exhibits inside Turtle Canyon, giving Newport Aquarium a total of three of the largest turtle species in the world.

Mobile users can view a sneak peak video of the exhibit by clicking here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRElqoYn7U8&feature=youtu.be

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