The New York Aquarium in Coney Island faces the threat of having to evacuate nearly 12,000 water-dependent animals if power is not restored soon.

Crains New York reports 18 of the aquarium's staff members have been caring for the animals while working to restore filtration. But a spokesperson for the aquarium said they were now at a "very critical period."

The aquarium previously reported Mitik, the recently rescued baby walrus, had survived the storm despite extensive flooding to the facilities.

New York Aquarium Executive Vice President Jim Breheny said in a statement, "As an orphaned calf, he was experiencing some health issues when he came to us as a rescue. “We have been monitoring his condition carefully since his arrival and continued this around-the-clock care throughout the duration of the storm.”

Over the past few days, Hurricane Sandy crippled Coney Island's iconic boardwalk. Numerous reports indicate looting and violence have also broken out.

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  • Mega Aid Pharmacy

    Pill bottles were scattered -- and others stolen -- after looting at this pharmacy on Mermaid Avenue near 32nd St. in Brooklyn, Tuesday, Oct. 30. The crime came just hours after Hurricane Sandy struck the New York City area, devastating Coney Island and many other neighborhoods.

  • Mega Aid Pharmacy

    Windows were shattered outside the pharmacy Tuesday afternoon.

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    Items were scattered throughout the store, and workers had no idea where or how to begin cleanup.

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    A worker looks at items left after looters lifted prescription meds from his shop.

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    More workers take inventory.

  • Coney Island

    Some streets were still flooded Tuesday afternoon in Coney Island, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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    HuffPost Crime Editor Andy Campbell stands on the beach near the Coney Island boardwalk. The sand had come up so high that the boardwalk stairs leading down the beach became obsolete.

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    An SUV sits on its side after Hurricane Sandy laid waste to the neighborhood.

  • Coney Island FDNY

  • Coney Island FDNY

    Engine 245's firehouse in Coney Island was gutted by Hurricane Sandy's flood waters. Firefighters gave HuffPost Crime an exclusive look at the damage, which they said was impossible to estimate at this time.

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    The basement, firefighters realized on Tuesday, was completely flooded.

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    An informational and irreplaceable record book at Engine Company 245 was water damaged beyond repair.

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    The kitchen and break room at Engine Company 245 was in shambles.

  • Ocean Towers

    Two women look down from their apartment after a fight took place at Ocean Towers, a housing project on the west end of Coney Island.

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    Cops swarm Ocean Towers after a fistfight breaks out.

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  • Mermaid Avenue

    Citibank was hit hard by flood waters. Cops couldn't say whether it'd been looted -- but locals claim that it was.

  • Coney Island

  • Coney Island