Press Releases


Pam Bechtold Snyder,; 617-686-5068

Aug. 5, 2022 Seals and sea lions stay cool amid summer heat
Aug. 4, 2022 Condition of chronically entangled North Atlantic right whale “Snow Cone” declines, analysis by Aquarium scientists finds
July 29, 2022 New England Aquarium applauds government action to protect North Atlantic right whales
July 27, 2022 Rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtle, Adobo, swims off today in waters off Cape Cod with tracking tags to monitor progress
July 26, 2022 With summer field work underway, research finds Gulf of St. Lawrence to be important habitat for reproductive female right whales
July 22, 2022 New England Aquarium presents Cult Classic Movie Nights
July 21, 2022 Statement on Legislative Changes to Massachusetts’ Offshore Wind Procurement Process
July 21, 2022 Rehabilitated sea turtles returned to sea off Cape Cod beach today as Aquarium’s Director of Animal Health testifies in D.C.
July 20, 2022 New analysis shows North Atlantic right whales returning to historic whaling habitat in southern New England during era of rapid climate change
July 12, 2022 Aquarium applauds MA Supreme Judicial Court ruling on waterfront development
July 8, 2022 Federal ruling a huge step toward protecting North Atlantic right whales
July 7, 2022 Aquarium celebrates 30th anniversary of teen intern program
June 29, 2022 Rehabilitated sea turtles returned to ocean off Cape Cod
June 28, 2022 Earlier spring leading to more North Atlantic right whales in Cape Cod Bay, new study finds
June 23, 2022 Aquarium kicks off summer season with extended hours, food and drinks on Central Wharf Plaza, and outdoor photography exhibition
June 16, 2022 Aquariums Applaud Introduction of the Sea Turtle Rescue Assistance Act on World Sea Turtle Day
June 14, 2022 Entanglements in fishing gear are the leading cause of North Atlantic right whales’ decline, study finds
June 13, 2022 “Space to Sea,” an amazing underwater photographic journey into Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, opens at the New England Aquarium
June 13, 2022 Black Courage Upon the Sea: A Juneteenth Celebration of Robert Smalls
June 10, 2022 Brian Walsh named new VP of Finance Planning and Analysis at New England Aquarium
June 9, 2022 New research shows climate change impacts on whale habitat use in the warming Gulf of Maine
June 6, 2022 Exploring Massachusetts and Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary with Photographer Keith Ellenbogen
June 2, 2022 New England Aquarium Partners with Cornell University, LAUTEC US on Offshore Wind Decision Support Tool
May 31, 2022 Aquarium celebrating World Ocean Day on June 8 with activities on Central Wharf
May 18, 2022 Three new films set to screen at New England Aquarium’s Simons Theatre in time for summer
May 17, 2022 Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and New England Aquarium Partner To Advance Citizen Science Initiative For Shark Sightings
May 12, 2022 Smaller Female North Atlantic Right Whales Have Fewer Calves: Declining Body Size May Contribute to Low Birth Rates
May 4, 2022 Aquarium welcomes Dr. Kathayoon Khalil as Interim Vice President of Conservation Learning
May 3, 2022 Award-winning conservationist Veta Wade lectures on advancing an equitable and resilient blue economy
May 2, 2022 SeaAhead and New England Aquarium now welcoming new applicants for BlueSwell Incubator program
April 28, 2022 Over 100 whales spotted during New England Aquarium aerial survey
April 25, 2022 26 rescued sea turtles released into waters off N.C.
April 22, 2022 Nation’s leading aquariums join forces to tackle climate change
April 20, 2022 Aquarium celebrates African penguin’s 30th hatch day
April 11, 2022 Lecture on deep-ocean habitats features marine biologist and 2020 National Geographic explorer Diva Amon
April 8, 2022 Aquarium veterinarian travels to Mississippi to perform lung biopsy on rescued sea turtle from Cape Cod
April 6, 2022 For April school vacation, Aquarium welcomes visitors for live animal feedings, presentations, whale watches
April 5, 2022 Statement on United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report this week
March 29, 2022 Rescued shorebird settles into new home at Aquarium
March 24, 2022 Aquarium welcomes new Vice President of Development
March 22, 2022 Rescued fur seal relocating from Boston to Seattle
March 9, 2022 For first time ever, Aquarium right whale scientists survey southern New England waters by boat
March 4, 2022 Using data and surveys of Atlantic Coast, Aquarium scientists identify areas of high marine mammal diversity
Feb. 24, 2022 New study finds reporting entanglements of leatherback turtles is critical for survival
Feb. 23, 2022 Aquarium seeking visionary leaders for global ocean conservation fellowship program
Feb. 17, 2022 Seven teams of aspiring entrepreneurs detail their plans for sustainable bluetech, ocean-focused startups on March 2
Feb. 9, 2022 For February school vacation, Incredible Predators arrives at Aquarium’s Simons Theatre, opening Feb. 18
Jan. 31, 2022 At critical time for species’ survival, annual journal explores issues facing North Atlantic right whales
Jan. 26, 2022 Sea turtle rescued from Cape Cod recovering well after surgery to remove ingested balloon ribbon
Jan. 20, 2022 New study determines parentage, age, and survival of North Atlantic right whales using genetic testing
Jan. 14, 2022 Sea turtle rehabilitated for over a year by New England Aquarium and Mississippi Aquarium released into Gulf of Mexico
Jan. 13, 2022 New England Aquarium to host U.S. premiere of documentary Last of the Right Whales
Dec. 29, 2021 Two new members join Aquarium’s Board of Trustees
Dec. 23, 2021 Massive leatherback sea turtle debuts on Aquarium plaza for Boston Waterfront Ice Sculpture Stroll on New Year’s Eve
Dec. 13, 2021 New England Aquarium President and CEO honored with prestigious Pinnacle Award from Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
Dec. 10, 2021 Rescued sea turtles from MA flown to secondary rehabilitation facilities to continue recovery
Dec. 7, 2021 Researchers announce 2021 class of named North Atlantic right whales
Dec. 2, 2021 Aquarium confirms identity of endangered veteran right whale mother, Slalom, spotted off SC coast with her sixth calf
Nov. 30, 2021 Underwater Wild: My Octopus Teacher’s Extraordinary World
Nov. 29, 2021 Annual sea turtle stranding season seeing growing numbers
Nov. 17, 2021 Right Whale Research team responds to federal appeals court decision to reinstate lobster fishing closure in the Gulf of Maine
Nov. 9, 2021 Researchers retrieve data from first-ever surgically implanted acoustic tags in rehabilitated sea turtles
Oct. 25, 2021 Population of North Atlantic right whales continues its downward trajectory
Oct. 21, 2021 Aquarium presents virtual lecture with acclaimed scientist, astronaut, and explorer Dr. Kathy Sullivan
Oct. 12, 2021 Rescue effort saves stranded 600-lb leatherback sea turtle
Oct. 12, 2021 Stunning photos from New England Aquarium aerial surveys show 15 North Atlantic right whales south of Nantucket
Oct. 8, 2021 Statement on Biden-Harris Administration restoring protections for Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument
Oct. 4, 2021 Aquarium-supported program provides crucial drinking water and immediate relief to Haitian fishers after devastating earthquake and hurricane
Sept. 21, 2021 New cohort of startup companies supporting ocean health selected for BlueSwell incubator program
Sept. 20, 2021 Aquarium presents virtual lecture on a hopeful, science-based approach to address climate change with Dr. Jonathan Foley
Sept. 15, 2021 Aquarium-led landmark study finds some shark species are tougher than others when it comes to surviving catch and release
Sept. 9, 2021 New research on Gulf of Maine’s rapidly warming waters sounds alarm on climate change for marine animals, humans
Sept. 8, 2021 New England Aquarium welcomes Massachusetts legislators to downtown waterfront for inaugural breakfast
Aug. 31, 2021 Statement on final federal rule to reduce risk of whale entanglements
Aug. 31, 2021 Bluespotted maskrays born at Aquarium now on exhibit
Aug. 26, 2021 New England Aquarium celebrates penguin’s 40th birthday
Aug. 5, 2021 Rehabilitated sea turtles released into waters off Cape Cod
July 22, 2021 Aquarium Right Whale Scientist Philip Hamilton co-leads major US-Canadian study of mortality and breeding problems with the critically endangered species
July 20, 2021 Shepard Fairey, world-famous artist and creator of iconic Obama “HOPE” poster, to paint mural on Aquarium’s Simons Theatre
July 13, 2021 New England Aquarium Screening of “Obey Giant” Documentary on Shepard Fairey
July 13, 2021 Panel Discussion – Countdown to 2030: Leveraging Art and Creativity for the Ocean Decade
July 6, 2021 New study finds that opening the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument to commercial fishing compromises protections for vital marine species
June 29, 2021 40 organizations from across Boston launch new coalition to elevate waterfront issues in advance of 2021 city elections
June 15, 2021 Virtual lecture on morality, race, and the environment features acclaimed Harvard professor Cornell William Brooks
June 8, 2021 Ocean Conservation Mural Festival Returns to Boston
June 7, 2021 New VP of Talent and Culture joins New England Aquarium
June 4, 2021 18th North Atlantic right whale mother and calf discovered off Brier Island, Nova Scotia
June 3, 2021 Critically Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales Getting Smaller, New Research Finds
June 2, 2021 Summer tourism season kicks off at Aquarium with expanded hours, food, and new film showing at the Simons Theatre
May 26, 2021 Rescued sea turtles from New England Aquarium flown to North Carolina to be released back into the wild
May 24, 2021 Virtual lecture on Sri Lanka’s blue whales and ocean conservation features acclaimed marine biologist Asha de Vos
May 20, 2021 SeaAhead and New England Aquarium now welcoming new applicants for BlueSwell Incubator program
May 7, 2021 Rare drone video shows critically endangered North Atlantic right whale surface active group
May 4, 2021 BlueSwell, partnership between New England Aquarium and SeaAhead, named Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Idea
May 3, 2021 Aquarium presents virtual lecture on the hidden culture of whales, featuring National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry
April 21, 2021 Stranded sea turtles’ rehab could be improved through new stress hormone study
April 8, 2021 With April school vacation week approaching, Aquarium visitors urged to reserve tickets in advance
March 25, 2021 “All Together For Animals” virtual benefit concert
to stream March 31
March 10, 2021 Aquarium aerial survey team captures breathtaking photos of right whale mother and calf in southern New England waters
March 4, 2021 Bluespotted maskrays born at New England Aquarium
March 1, 2021 Aquarium scientists urge more aggressive measures to reduce entanglement risk for North Atlantic right whales
March 1, 2021 Statement on proposed federal rule to reduce risk of whale entanglements
Feb. 24, 2021 Study finds human-caused North Atlantic right whale deaths are being undercounted
Feb. 10, 2021 Ice sculpture on Central Wharf Plaza to celebrate 40 years of Aquarium’s Right Whale Research Program
Feb. 9, 2021 New statewide report urges fast action to address increasing ocean acidification in Massachusetts waters
Feb. 3, 2021 Aquarium to welcome back visitors on February 5, media invited to reopening
Jan. 28, 2021 Sea turtle rescue operation deemed a success amid pandemic
Jan. 27, 2021 Aquarium applauds signing of latest executive order addressing climate crisis
Jan. 26, 2021 New England Aquarium to reopen on February 5
Jan. 20, 2021 Statement on Monument being recognized in first day of executive actions
Jan. 20, 2021 Statement on United States reentering Paris Climate Agreement
Jan. 14, 2021 New BBC nature series focuses on Cape Cod sea turtle rescues
Jan. 12, 2021 Study finds future too warm for baby sharks
Dec. 29, 2020 Five new members join Aquarium Board of Trustees
Dec. 21, 2020 New Population of Blue Whales Discovered in the Western Indian Ocean
Dec. 17, 2020 Sightings of three North Atlantic right whale calves this month offer some hope for the critically endangered species
Dec. 16, 2020 Cape Cod’s annual sea turtle rescue season sets new records
Dec. 3, 2020 New North Atlantic right whale names for 2020 unveiled
Nov. 28, 2020 Organizations come together to save endangered turtles after transport flight encounters challenges
Nov. 23, 2020 Sea turtle rescue and rehab work continues during ongoing stranding season
Nov. 19, 2020 Increasing number of stranded sea turtles receiving life-saving care at Aquarium
Nov. 17, 2020 Study improves ability to predict how whales travel through their ocean habitat
Nov. 12, 2020 New England Aquarium announces Virtual Academy programming for students
Oct. 30, 2020 New England Aquarium seals get in Halloween spirit
Oct. 29, 2020 Statement on North Atlantic right whale population estimate
Oct. 28, 2020 SeaAhead and New England Aquarium announce the BlueSwell incubator’s first cohort of selected startups
Oct. 16, 2020 New England Aquarium scientists identify entangled North Atlantic right whale off New Jersey as 4-year-old male
Oct. 8, 2020 Critically endangered North Atlantic right whales continue to move as feeding patterns shift this summer
Oct. 2020 New England Aquarium announces theme nights for extended late Fridays
Sept. 8, 2020 New Octopus, Tatoosh, Makes Debut at New England Aquarium
Sept. 2020 New England Aquarium announces extended late Friday nights and new Fall hours
Aug. 24, 2020 Aquarium researchers spot over 950 animals at Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument
August 17, 2020 New England Aquarium welcomes two respected shark experts to the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life
July 30, 2020 New England Aquarium announces reopening of Simons Theatre on Aug. 1 at reduced capacity
July 16, 2020 New England Aquarium opposes continued weakening of U.S. environmental laws
July 9, 2020 New England Aquarium calls for US, Canadian governments to take stronger actions to save North Atlantic right whales
July 7, 2020 New England Aquarium announces reopening plans for July 16
June 29, 2020 New England Aquarium launches virtual animal encounters
June 28, 2020 North Atlantic right whale found dead off New Jersey identified
June 18, 2020 SeaAhead and New England Aquarium announce launch of BlueSwell Incubator Program
June 16, 2020 Study evaluates stress level of rehabilitated sea turtles during transport to warmer waters
June 8, 2020 Aquarium mounts letter-writing campaign to oppose President Trump’s rollback of protections for Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument
June 5, 2020 Statement on Trump Administration’s rollback of protections for Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument
May 13, 2020 Right whales and their calves on the move into Canada
May 1, 2020 New England Aquarium launches live web cameras
Apr. 23, 2020 Individual North Atlantic right whales are in much poorer condition than Southern right whales, study finds
Apr. 16, 2020 New England Aquarium ceases marine mammal field responses; NOAA to assist with seal, dolphin, and whale strandings as of May 1
Apr. 14, 2020 New England Aquarium urges Congress to support $6 billion in emergency relief funding for U.S. aquariums, zoos, and museums
Apr. 10, 2020 Statement on federal judge’s ruling in support of North Atlantic right whale protections
Apr. 3, 2020 New England Aquarium takes decisive cost-cutting measures designed to preserve the long-term viability of the institution in the face of COVID-19
Apr. 3, 2020 North Atlantic right whales continue springtime influx into Massachusetts waters
Mar. 31, 2020 Rescued sea turtles from New England Aquarium flown to Georgia and released back into the wild
Mar. 30, 2020 North Atlantic Right Whale Catalog public website, documenting more than 750 endangered whales since 1935, gets re-boot
Mar. 30, 2020 Actor Alan Alda’s podcast features New England Aquarium octopus and author Sy Montgomery
Mar. 16, 2020 Aquarium offering virtual programming during temporary closures
Mar. 11, 2020 New England Aquarium announces temporary closure in response to COVID-19 outbreak
Mar. 3, 2020 New England Aquarium and Zoo New England join new national partnership to protect America’s turtles, end illegal trafficking
Feb. 28, 2020 North Atlantic right whale spotted entangled, in poor health off coast of Nantucket
Feb. 27, 2020 New England Aquarium Statement Regarding the Harbor Garage Development Proposed by The Chiofaro Company and Prudential
Feb. 26, 2020 Aquarium researchers spot endangered blue whales at Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument
Feb. 18, 2020 “Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker” Premieres at Simons Theatre
Feb. 13, 2020 Rare blue lobster – only 1 in 2 million in the wild – donated to Aquarium and now on view
Feb. 11, 2020 Aquarium joins 15 other aquariums in support of landmark bill to reduce plastic pollution
Feb. 2020 Study of whales and shipping patterns in the Pacific Ocean has implications for North Atlantic right whales
Feb. 2020 For February school vacation, “Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker,” premieres at Aquarium’s newly renovated Simons Theatre as part of sea lion, seal campaign
Jan. 6, 2020 Harmonia spotted with new calf off the Georgia coast
Dec. 26, 2019 Sea turtle ice sculpture takes over Central Wharf plaza