The New York Aquarium was first opened on December 10, 1896, in Battery Park, being the oldest continuously operating US aquarium at the present time. His first director, PhD Tarleton Hoffman Bean, was a respected ichthyology expert. From October 31, 1902, the New York Aquarium was taken under the jurisdiction of the New York Zoological Society. At that time, the aquarium had only about 150 animals. For a long time, his most famous director, an eminent zoologist, Charles Haskins Townsend, significantly increased the collection and the aquarium became the most attractive establishment in New York, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. In particular, in 1914, Townsend delivered five bottle-nosed dolphins to the aquarium, one of which lived 15 months — one of the first experiments of keeping bottlenose dolphins.