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The water in the Gulf of Maine is cold but bursting with life. See New England shorebirds and local marine life like lobsters, cod, halibut, and dogfish sharks.
Know Before You Go
There are six Gulf of Maine exhibits at the Aquarium to encompass the rich diversity of habitats and animals in New England’s waters.
- The color of a lobster’s shell is determined by genetics and diet. Keep an eye out for some of the lobsters we have on exhibit with rare colorations like orange and blue shells.
- Aquarium educators are often present to provide in-depth information about this important local ecosystem. Feel free to ask them if you have any questions!
Animals in This Exhibit
Meet some of the animals you will find in the Gulf of Maine.
One of the World’s Fastest-Warming Bodies of Water is in Our Backyard
The Gulf of Maine is one of Earth's fastest-warming bodies of water. But why are the oceans warming at all? Burning fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas create carbon dioxide, which goes into the atmosphere and traps the Earth's heat. The ocean absorbs more excess heat than land, increasing ocean temperatures more quickly than land temperatures.
Could the Future of Fishing Include Ropeless Gear?
Though not yet widely available, ropeless fishing gear is key to prevent unnecessary entanglement death and injury for local North Atlantic right whales while keeping fishers on the water. An industry-wide transition to ropeless gear, grounded in clear regulations, enabled through training programs, and buoyed by financial support, is vital to right whales’ survival.
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