We just welcomed four new fishes into our Giant Ocean Tank!

A scrawled filefish, yellowtail parrotfish, spotfin butterfly fish, and great barracuda were part of a transport on Thursday afternoon.

All fishes must undergo a quarantine period before being placed in an exhibit at the Aquarium. This quarantine period occurs at our Animal Care Center in Quincy. Once the four fishes finished quarantine, our aquarists safely transported them from Quincy to Central Wharf.

The Aquarium follows a strict protocol for transporting animals to ensure a smooth operation.

aquarists prepare to bring the new fishes into the Aquarium
Aquarist Lindsay departed Boston bright and early to pick up the fishes in Quincy. Diver Mike met her at the loading dock with all the necessary equipment to transport the fishes.
Each fish floats within an individual box inside the holding tank.

 

Each fish floats within an individual box inside the holding tank.

Staff use nets to gently guide the fish into a bag. The barracuda broke through the bag twice!

 

Staff use nets to gently guide the fish into a bag. The barracuda broke through the bag twice!

Diver Mike finally gets the barracuda. 

 

Diver Mike finally gets the barracuda. 

Lindsay and Mike quickly transport the fish to the portable tank.

 

Lindsay and Mike quickly transport the fish to the portable tank.

Diver Mike gets into the holding tank to retrieve the fishes. Once they’re moved from the van to the portable tank, they take the elevator to the top of the Giant Ocean Tank!

fish in a container in the elevator
The fishes take elevators, just like us!

 

a fish is measured

All ready for the big move!

When the fishes arrive at the top of the GOT, they have their measurements taken, and then they’re on their way to the tank. The smaller fish are carried to the GOT in nets while the larger ones make their journey in a barrel.

A filefish, ready to make its way into the GOT.
Diver Mike carries a butterfly fish.
fish in a barrel
fish are are about to be added to the GOT
The fishes enter the Giant Ocean Tank in acclimation units (orange barrels) that allow them to get used to their new environment.
The fishes enter the Giant Ocean Tank in acclimation units (orange barrels) that allow them to get used to their new environment.
The barracuda has a pen all to himself.
The barracuda has a pen all to himself.
The barracuda is already getting used to new friends!
The barracuda is already getting used to new friends!

Next time you visit the Aquarium, be sure to welcome our four new fishes in the Giant Ocean Tank!