The New England Aquarium has been blogging since 2008. Our posts contain a trove of behind-the-scenes stories, fun facts, animal videos, and adventures around the blue planet. Start exploring!

xray of penguin knees

Penguin Blog

Meet the birds, see pictures of chicks, learn how we care for penguins, and get an answer to the age-old question: do penguins have knees? The Aquarium is home to more than 80 African, rockhopper, and little blue penguins who live in a bustling colony found on Level 1 surrounding the Giant Ocean Tank.

young girl looks at goosefish

Exhibit Galleries Blog

See the goosefish’s masterpieces, learn what makes flamboyant cuttlefish so flamboyant, and get to know some clever giant Pacific octopus. The New England Aquarium is home to thousands of animals, and each exhibit has a story to tell. Explore these posts from the exhibit galleries.

scuba diver in Giant Ocean Tank with Myrtle the turtle

Divers Blog

Our largest exhibit is home to our most famous resident, Myrtle the 90-year-old green sea turtle. Get to know the queen of the Giant Ocean Tank and her hundreds of neighbors, meet the divers, and learn what it takes to care for our largest exhibit — the 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank.

sea lion on deck with another swimming behind

Marine Mammals Blog

Our trainers work with the Aquarium’s Atlantic harbor sealsNorthern fur seals, and California sea lions. This provides them with enrichment and builds a trusting relationship that allows for regular medical checkups. Read our posts to learn about what’s new with the animals and how we train behaviors.

a juvenile green sea turtle waits for checkup at sea turtle hospital

Marine Animal Rescue Blog

The New England Aquarium responds to calls about distressed and stranded whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, and sea turtles. Our rescuers also rehabilitate endangered sea turtles. In fact, we rescue and rehabilitate hundreds of stranded, injured, and sick sea turtles that wash up on Cape Cod every fall.

scuba diver with camera next to reef

Global Explorers Blog

From Fiji to Madagascar, from South Africa to Antarctica, see where our explorers have traveled the blue planet. Watch the first-ever video footage of Omura’s whales, follow our head veterinarian to the Philippines to rehabilitate hundreds of endangered turtles, and explore the beautiful photography of Aquarium Explorer-in-Residence and National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry.

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News and Updates

When we announced the hatching of endangered African penguin chicks or a charitable 6-year-old donated his birthday money to the Aquarium, we shared it on the News and Updates blog. Look back at some of the New England Aquarium animals and activities that have made a splash in the news! 

humpback whale breaches

Whale Watch Log

The New England Aquarium partners with Boston Harbor Cruises to give visitors front-row seats to view the ocean’s most fascinating and magnificent animals. Naturalists share sightings and pictures here on the Whale Watch Log. New England Aquarium Whale Watches leave Central Wharf several times a day.

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