aquarium animals - September 15, 2018
Georgy Porgy

Here's a quick lesson from the divers on how to identify this silvery group of fishes in the Giant Ocean Tank! ...

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aquarium animals - September 11, 2018
Pip, Pip — Hooray!

How can penguin chicks break out of a shell that is so tough? It’s all about how the pressure is exerted. Pip-pip-hooray! ...

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aquarium animals - September 7, 2018
Stuck on a Lumpfish

Prepare for the fall with a chilly trip to our Northern Waters gallery! Hidden away in the depths of the Boulder Reef exhibit is a very unique and lumpy animal: the one-of-a-kind lumpfish. ...

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aquarium animals - September 5, 2018
New Friends, Old Friends, Feathered Friends

During seasons of change, sometimes you need some familiar feathered friends. Fall is a delightful time to visit the penguins at the New England Aquarium! ...

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aquarium animals - September 4, 2018
Anemones Spawning

The Olympic Coast Sanctuary Exhibit looked as dreamy as a snow globe recently. The anemones were spawning! ...

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aquarium animals - August 29, 2018
Throwback: Seals on Snow

With record breaking heat outside, it's a good day to chill out with this snowy enrichment activity for the fur seals in the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center! ...

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aquarium animals - August 17, 2018
Adult Swim: Juvenile African Penguins Join Colony

Meet Algoa, Marcus, and Possession. They just moved up to the big leagues. ...

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aquarium animals - August 2, 2018
Octopus in Action

The two giant Pacific octopuses in the Olympic Coast Sanctuary exhibit have been quite active of late! ...

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aquarium animals - August 2, 2018
Training Sharks

While kids are on vacation, school is in session for the sharks in the shark and ray touch tank! ...

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aquarium animals - July 12, 2018
Two Octopus in the Olympic Coast Exhibit

There are two octopus in our Olympic Coast Sanctuary exhibit. But it's a special day when you get to see them both out and about! ...

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aquarium animals - July 3, 2018
A Penguin Supercolony

A previously unknown “supercolony” of 1.5 million Adélie penguins was recently discovered on the Danger Islands, a cluster of islands off the tip of Antarctica. ...

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aquarium animals - July 2, 2018
Happy Birthday, Ron!

The birthday boy celebrated with new toys, a gelatin birthday cake, and special firehose birthday toy in the shape of a number 1! ...

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aquarium animals - June 29, 2018
Northern Fur Seals: Furry, Flexible, Flippered and Fabulous

Our northern fur seals, the stars of Life According to Fur Seals at the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center, are famously known for their thick fur. They have many other special adaptations...

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aquarium animals - June 26, 2018
Science of Sharks: Port Jackson Makes Its Debut

Monday was a weigh-in day for a Port Jackson shark added June 1 to the Diversity Tank in the Science of Sharks exhibit. The 9-month-old male shark is growing fast since his Oct. 19, 2017, arrival...

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aquarium animals - June 20, 2018
Behind the Scenes: Octopus Feeding

For these intelligent cephalopods, feeding time is about more than getting food. It's also time to socialize! ...

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aquarium animals - June 15, 2018
Banggai Cardinalfish: Very Protective Dads

Banggai cardinalfish are handsome fish, and the males happen to be very good dads. Find out why. ...

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aquarium animals - June 15, 2018
World Sea Turtle Day 2018

Every year NOAA celebrates Sea Turtle Week, culminating in World Sea Turtle Day. Well, that day has come—and we're all in! Meet some of the amazing sea turtles at the Aquarium. ...

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aquarium animals - May 17, 2018
aquarium animals - May 16, 2018
aquarium animals - May 15, 2018
Penguins Know How to Keep Their Cool

With warmer weather creeping into the region, you may be wondering how penguins at the New England Aquarium feel about summertime. ...

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aquarium animals - May 13, 2018
Tipper’s First Mother’s Day

Ron the sea lion puppy was born last July, which means it's Tipper's first Mother's Day! ...

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aquarium animals - May 10, 2018
Checkup for Myrtle

The turtles in the Giant Ocean Tank all get regular checkups with our vet staff. Today was Myrtle's turn. ...

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aquarium animals - May 4, 2018
Otherworldly Sarsia Help Celebrate May the Fourth

Spring is here and the hydromedusae are popping up in Boston Harbor—and in our exhibits near the Edge of the Sea Tidepool Touchtank! ...

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aquarium animals - May 3, 2018
Oooo, Barracuda!

Come visit the new great barracuda in our Giant Ocean Tank exhibit! ...

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aquarium animals - April 27, 2018
New Lionfish Are Pretty with Peril

Two new lionfish in the Armored and Venomous exhibit add a splash of color—a vibrant red—but also a little danger. ...

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aquarium animals - March 21, 2018
Monster Bird is the Word

Scientists recently announced the discovery of the prehistoric penguin, Kumimanu biceae—a species of penguin that was one of the largest penguins known! ...

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aquarium animals - March 19, 2018
New Arrival: Giant Pacific Octopus

A new giant Pacific octopus just settled into the Olympic Coast exhibit. Watch him explore his new home! ...

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aquarium animals - March 17, 2018
St. Patrick’s Enrichment

Happy St. Patrick's Day! See the lucky enrichment that happened in the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center this week. ...

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aquarium animals - February 28, 2018
March Comes in Like a Lion

Indo-Pacific lionfish have become an abundant invasive species throughout the tropical eastern Atlantic and Caribbean seas. They are now recognized as one of the most important conservation issues in...

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aquarium animals - February 21, 2018
Kissing Grunts?

Wait, are those two fish kissing? Not quite. See what's behind this fascinating fish behavior. ...

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aquarium animals - February 14, 2018
Loving Marine Mammals and our Oceans

At the Aquarium we’re celebrating Valentine's Day by highlighting the love we share for protecting marine mammals and the oceans with all of you. ...

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aquarium animals - February 12, 2018
Seadragon Journey: The Layover

Several new weedy seadragons are heading to Boston. But first, they had a layover in California for a little rest and a nibble to eat. Our aquarists were there to greet them. ...

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aquarium animals - February 8, 2018
Sea-Cards for your Valentine

Show your Valentine you care about them... and the blue planet. Send them a "sea"-card featuring an octopus, a cuttlefish, or Myrtle the turtle!  ...

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aquarium animals - February 1, 2018
Love Is in the Water

New video on the blog! Just in time for Valentine's Day, see who is pairing up in the Giant Ocean Tank. ...

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aquarium animals - January 18, 2018
Growing Up Penguin: Begging for Food

Even penguins can't get the kids to leave the nest. ...

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aquarium animals - January 5, 2018
Snow Day at the Aquarium

The East Coast weathered quite a storm yesterday, but we had a crew on hand to make sure the animals were all well-fed and comfy. ...

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aquarium animals - January 3, 2018
Extreme Close-up: Green Moray Eel

Get ready for an extreme close-up with a toothy resident of the Giant Ocean Tank! ...

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aquarium animals - January 2, 2018
Get Your Warm Fuzzies Here

Storms, flooding, freezing temperatures, and now a warm-up? Recent weather has been throwing us all for a loop. But we know of a few spots where you can weather all this crazy weather. ...

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aquarium animals - December 13, 2017
Northern red-bellied turtles

These little turtles are part of a head start program, and they're getting bigger all the time. ...

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aquarium animals - December 6, 2017
Naptime for Turtles

With dark and cold conditions aplenty, it’s certainly a good time for a nap. And no one does napping better than the sea turtles of the Giant Ocean Tank! ...

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aquarium animals - December 6, 2017
Octopus Action

If you haven't seen Freya explore her exhibit, you're in for a treat. ...

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aquarium animals - December 4, 2017
Goosefish Gets New Neighbors

Recently, aquarists added a school of silversides to the exhibit. The goosefish got excited and started doing exactly what goosefish do. ...

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aquarium animals - December 1, 2017
Does Something Taste Fishy?

While humans gear up for holiday feasts and sweets galore, many might be wondering if penguins enjoy special treats during the holidays. ...

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aquarium animals - December 1, 2017
An Unusual Grouper Groomer

The goliath grouper had a little help from a tiny little groomer. ...

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aquarium animals - November 23, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving!

While you were running your turkey trots and basting your birds, these dedicated folks were making sure the animals at the Aquarium had feasts of their own! ...

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aquarium animals - November 22, 2017
Six Types of Feasters

As families sit down to Thanksgiving meals, we take a moment to see how different Aquarium animals take in their meals. Perhaps you recognize an uncle or cousin in the mix? There are many different...

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aquarium animals - November 16, 2017
Playtime with Ron

All kids need playtime, even young sea lion pups. ...

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aquarium animals - November 3, 2017
Summer Babies: Penguin Chicks

Visitors can see more than 80 penguins on exhibit at the New England Aquarium on any given day. But each summer, a few birds spend time behind the scenes for a very special reason—to hatch and...

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aquarium animals - November 2, 2017
Baby Shark!

Do sharks lay eggs or give live birth? How does a shark egg develop? Read on to learn more about the amazing reproductive strategies of these charismatic fish, and see a selection of pictures from...

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aquarium animals - November 1, 2017
New Giant Pacific Octopus

Our new octopus is named Freya, partly after the Ice Queen from a popular action-adventure film. Senior Aquarist Bill Murphy says she's definitely living up to her name. ...

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aquarium animals - October 27, 2017
Halloween Fun with Seals and Sea Lions

Enrichment took on a Halloween flair this week in the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center. Things got wet. ...

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aquarium animals - October 23, 2017
Not So Scary

Some animals at the Aquarium may have monstrous names, but they are more engrossing than gross! ...

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aquarium animals - October 11, 2017
Celebrating African Penguins

Many groups celebrate an African Penguin Awareness Day in October—we're in! We're always looking for chances to celebrate this iconic species and bring awareness to their plight. ...

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aquarium animals - October 6, 2017
Hand Rearing Penguin Chicks

What does it take to raise a baby penguin? Our penguin keepers explain. ...

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aquarium animals - October 5, 2017
Best Fishes, Red Sox!

Through the magic of Photoshop, our new sea lion pup, Ron, is helping to cheer the Red Sox into the postseason. ...

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aquarium animals - October 4, 2017
Why do sea turtles have claws?

Sea turtles spend nearly their entire life in the water, using strong paddle-like flippers to propel themselves through the water. So what's with that claw on their front flipper? ...

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aquarium animals - September 25, 2017
Sea Jellies Roll to Level 2

With the spring opening of the Science of Sharks exhibit in the lower level of the West Wing, the Aquarium had to find new locations for many of the sea jellies that had been exhibited there. There...

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aquarium animals - September 22, 2017
Why the Sideways Face?

If you’ve ever looked closely at our Gulf of Maine exhibit, you may have noticed some funny-looking faces hiding in the sand. ...

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aquarium animals - September 19, 2017
Afternoon ‘Xen’ in the Living Coral Exhibit

Sometimes you just need to zen out with the gentle currents of our Living Coral exhibit. We've got just the video for you. ...

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aquarium animals - September 15, 2017
Lookdown Graduation Day

You may have noticed a little more shimmer in the Giant Ocean Tank. That would be the new kids. Learn more about the newest school in our largest exhibit! ...

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aquarium animals - September 15, 2017
Shark School!

While many of us are headed back to school this fall, the sharks in The Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank are getting an education of their own: trainers are wading into the exhibit...

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aquarium animals - September 14, 2017
Thinking Fall Thoughts

Fall is just around the corner. Let's take the tradition of looking at fall foliage in a whole new direction: underwater! ...

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aquarium animals - September 5, 2017
Dermal Denticles!

Why does a shark's skin feel like sandpaper? Do these animals have scales like a fish, or is there something else on the outside of their body? ...

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aquarium animals - August 31, 2017
Rare Yellow Lobster Donated to Aquarium

A rare yellow lobster finds new lease on life at the Aquarium. ...

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aquarium animals - August 30, 2017
aquarium animals - August 29, 2017
Sea Lion Pup on Exhibit

Ron, a California sea lion pup born at the Aquarium on July 2, is now ready for his closeup! ...

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aquarium animals - August 21, 2017
New Cownose Rays in GOT

The divers in the Giant Ocean Tank just introduce four new cownose rays. Watch video of their release! ...

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aquarium animals - August 17, 2017
Salt Sneezes Are a Thing

Have you ever watched the penguins shake their head, flinging trips across the rocks of the penguin exhibit? Well, there's a very specific reason they're doing that. ...

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aquarium animals - August 15, 2017
Baby Banggai Cardinalfish All Grown Up

Remember those tiny Banggai cardinafish growing up behind the scenes? You may have seem them recently and didn't even know it! ...

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aquarium animals - August 4, 2017
Giant Ocean Tank Spa

The divers recently introduced dozens of Aquarium-raised neon gobies to the Giant Ocean Tank. The hope was that they would set up shop at a cleaning station for larger fish. See what happened! ...

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aquarium animals - August 2, 2017
Breakfast with the Sharks

We recently invited our Facebook community to breakfast with the sharks. Check it out! ...

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aquarium animals - July 28, 2017
Welcome Ron!

Let us introduce you to the newest addition to the marine mammal department! ...

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aquarium animals - July 28, 2017
Anaconda Get Clean Bill of Health

It's that time of year again ... time for the anacondas' checkups! ...

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aquarium animals - July 27, 2017
An Unusual Stonefish

A new addition to the Armored and Venomous exhibit is bringing even more color to our Tropical Galleries on Level 1. ...

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aquarium animals - July 21, 2017
Fur Seal Afloat

For a brief time each day, Luna is the proverbial princess of the pool. ...

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aquarium animals - July 14, 2017
Shark Awareness Day

Today is Shark Awareness Day. This is a big deal since we're all about the Science of Sharks here at the New England Aquarium this summer. So let's take a moment to meet some of these incredible...

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aquarium animals - July 13, 2017
New Arrival: Sea Lion Pup

The New England Aquarium welcomes a new California sea lion pup, who is behind the scenes learning to get in and out of the water and swim. He will make his public debut this autumn. ...

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aquarium animals - June 30, 2017
Red, White, and Blue Enrichment

Enrichment comes in many shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns. This weekend, it looks pretty red, white, and blue! ...

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aquarium animals - June 29, 2017
aquarium animals - June 29, 2017
Double the Fun of Live Animal Presentations

Beginning in July, Live Animal Presentations will be offered four times daily, at 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3:15 p.m. in the Blue Planet Action Center. ...

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aquarium animals - June 16, 2017
Sea Turtle Week

NOAA is celebrating Sea Turtle Week to raise awareness for these amazing ocean animals and the threats that they face in the wild. Celebrate with us by swimming with some of the Giant Ocean Tank...

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aquarium animals - June 15, 2017
June 15 is National Lobster Day

A national holiday to celebrate one of our favorite crustaceans! ...

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aquarium animals - June 2, 2017
Do Penguins Have Knees?

Finally, an answer to the age-old question: do penguins have knees? ...

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aquarium animals - June 1, 2017
Happy National Doughnut Day!

Here's how the seals and sea lions in the Marine Mammal Center celebrated National Doughnut Day. ...

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aquarium animals - May 31, 2017
Good morning, sharks!

Indulge in a glimpse of the bustle and flow in one of the Science of Sharks exhibits. ...

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aquarium animals - May 18, 2017
Hot Weather, Cool Seals

When it gets hot outside, the trainers bust out the ice cubes and let the fur seals have fun. ...

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aquarium animals - May 17, 2017
Baby Cuttles

There are 25 new faces in the cuttlefish exhibit. WARNING: They are incredibly tiny and extremely cute! ...

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aquarium animals - May 12, 2017
Happy Birthday, Lana!

The marine mammal trainers are celebrating a special occasion today—someone is turning 35! ...

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aquarium animals - May 12, 2017
Mother’s Day in the Marine Mammal Center

At the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center this Mother's Day, we have a wonderful mother-daughter group we’d like to share with you! ...

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aquarium animals - May 4, 2017
Feeding the Sharks

Throughout the Aquarium, including in our new Science of Sharks exhibit, you'll find many different kinds of sharks. They all have to eat. Here's how we do it! ...

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aquarium animals - April 21, 2017
Piles and Piles of Sharks

Our new exhibit brings visitors up close and personal to some unusual shark species, like epaulette sharks and coral catsharks. Many visitors note that they seem to especially... cozy. ...

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aquarium animals - April 13, 2017
Sharks and Their Sixth Sense

Sharks have the amazing ability to sense electric fields emanating from their prey. Read on to find out about the amazing adaptation that allows them to do so. ...

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aquarium animals - April 11, 2017
Seal Siblings

Did you know there are sibling seals at the Aquarium? Meet the families of seals in our Harbor Seal Exhibit. ...

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aquarium animals - March 23, 2017
Going Above and Below for Penguins

While human activities have had a negative impact on penguin populations, humans can also be their greatest ally. That's the case for one penguin colony in New Zealand that has a special connection...

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aquarium animals - March 20, 2017
Frogs of the Day

Today is World Frog Day, so we thought we'd take a moment to introduce some of the frogs you can meet at the Aquarium. ...

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aquarium animals - March 20, 2017
How Does a Shark Find Food?

How do the lines along the sides of sharks help them to find food? ...

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aquarium animals - February 27, 2017
Penguins and Polar Bears Don’t Mix

The penguin biologists have a interesting fact to share for International Polar Bear Day. ...

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aquarium animals - February 23, 2017
Sea Star Snacks

A sea star's gotta eat! And our aquarists have found an ingenious way to allow these slow-moving snackers a chance to get their fill. ...

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aquarium animals - February 14, 2017
A Snow Kiss from Chi

Chiidax the Northern fur seal is what you would call a character. Watch as the seal plants a smooch on one of the trainers! ...

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aquarium animals - February 9, 2017
Behind the Snowy Scenes

The Aquarium may be close for today's snowstorm, but the Aquarium wasn't empty. See what happens behind the snowy scenes! ...

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aquarium animals - February 8, 2017
In the News: Playtime with Seals

At the Aquarium, the marine mammal trainers are pioneering a new—and fun!—way to interact with the seals and sea lions. See the gorgeous new video by Great Big Story to learn more. ...

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aquarium animals - February 7, 2017
Goosefish Egg Veil

Every year, sometimes more than once, the goosefish makes something beautiful. It's a fleeting, gossamer addition to her exhibit, and it's not to be missed! ...

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aquarium animals - February 1, 2017
Color-Changing Cuttlefish

Tentacled cuttlefish are known for their abilities to change color and camouflage. But have you actually seen it happen? In slow motion? Click for the must-watch video! ...

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aquarium animals - January 27, 2017
Hot Tub Enrichment Time

The seals and sea lions are often offered new toys and experiences as part of their enrichment program. See how they reacted to a kiddy pool of warm water! ...

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aquarium animals - January 23, 2017
Seahorse Dad Gives Birth

With seahorses, it's the males that carry the baby and give birth. Recently, our aquarists were on hand to record a video of this remarkable event! ...

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aquarium animals - January 6, 2017
So Many Baby Fish

Learn how we are striving to protect the blue planet, one baby fish at a time. ...

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aquarium animals - January 4, 2017
When are the octopus active?

Many people wonder when the giant Pacific octopus are most active. Let's ask the aquarist! ...

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aquarium animals - January 4, 2017
Welcoming Tipper the Sea Lion

The Aquarium recently welcomed another sea lion to our marine mammal center. Four-year-old Tipper joins fellow sea lions Zoe and Sierra—all females—after most recently making her home at the...

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aquarium animals - December 7, 2016
Penguins can fly (underwater)!

Our penguins can do a lot of things. Flying through the air is not one of them. But they have some physical traits that help them wing their way through the water. ...

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aquarium animals - November 29, 2016
Baby Banggai Cardinalfish

The adults are some of the most photogenic fish at the Aquarium. Baby Banggai cardinalfish are just like them, only tiny! ...

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aquarium animals - November 4, 2016
Species Survival Plan for Penguins

African penguins are endangered in the wild. Here at the Aquarium, we're doing everything we can to keep our population healthy and growing. Learn how. ...

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aquarium animals - November 2, 2016
Tiny Tentacles

Remember all those cuttlefish eggs? You should see them now! ...

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aquarium animals - October 19, 2016
New Arrivals: Red-Bellied Cooters

We have some adorable new arrivals behind the scenes at the New England Aquarium — baby Northern red-bellied cooters. Our head veterinarian Dr. Charlie Innis explains why these youngsters are...

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aquarium animals - October 18, 2016
Cuttlefish Eggs

Don't be alarmed by the opaque, black blobs clinging to the habitat in the cuttlefish exhibit. They are just the sign of happy cuttlefish! ...

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aquarium animals - September 23, 2016
Queen of the Giant Ocean Tank

She’s only our most famous resident, a 550-pound reptile familiar to generations of Aquarium visitors. Without a doubt, Myrtle the green sea turtle is the queen of the Giant Ocean Tank. ...

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aquarium animals - August 11, 2016
Amazing Jellies

The Aquarium never seems to be at a loss for jellies. Our homegrown jellies range from the tiny lagoon jelly, starting at 4 inches in diameter, all the way to some species of sea nettle with a...

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aquarium animals - August 4, 2016
The Octopus and their Puzzles

Aquarium staff and volunteers work tirelessly to ensure the animals in their care have everything they need to stay healthy and thrive. Sometimes that means playtime for the octopus! ...

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aquarium animals - August 1, 2016
Goliath Groupers

It can be expected that when your name has the word “goliath” in the title, you have massive expectations to live up to. The goliath grouper does not disappoint. Keep reading... ...

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aquarium animals - July 13, 2016
Giant Acorn Barnacle

These residents of our new Olympic Coast exhibit posses some shockingly strong features. Learn about the super strength that helps them survive in our oceans. ...

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aquarium animals - June 28, 2016
Training Fish in the GOT

One of the main responsibilities of a Giant Ocean Tank diver is to make sure all of the inhabitants of the exhibit are getting enough to eat. Find out how they can make sure that happens. ...

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aquarium animals - June 23, 2016
Anaconda Checkups

So what is a done during an anaconda physical? Many of the same things that are conducted in a thorough exam for people, just with slight variations. ...

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aquarium animals - June 23, 2016
Myrtle Loves Shell Scratches

Did you know our sea turtles get back scratches? Sometimes the divers offer scratches, and sometimes the turtles take measures into their own flippers. ...

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