The New England Aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic animals—from northern fur seals to giant Pacific octopus to African penguins.

We also offer a wide range of exhibits, including the largest shark and ray touch tank on the East Coast and the Giant Ocean Tank, a four-story coral reef home to Myrtle the green sea turtle and hundreds of other Caribbean animals.

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Lion fish swims through its exhibit

Meet the Animals

There are thousands of aquatic animals to visit at the Aquarium – fearsome lionfish, intelligent giant Pacific octopus, lumbering green sea turtle and spry California sea lions. See all the animals that await you at the New England Aquarium!

two African penguins

Explore the Exhibits

Discover the Science of Sharks and meet some small but mighty sharks in our exhibit. The Olympic Coast exhibit features two giant Pacific octopus, plus many colorful and diverse marine animals from the Pacific Northwest. Explore a four-story Caribbean reef and squawk hello to dozens of penguins from around the world.

three California sea lions

In the Marine Mammal Center

Watch the frisky and flexible northern fur seals fly through the water and interact with their trainers on the decks of the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center. The Aquarium is one of only three aquariums in the United States that care for these remarkable marine mammals. 

Enjoy extraordinary animal experiences from afar! While streaming live from the New England Aquarium, our aquarists and trainers will share fascinating facts about our animals and answer any questions you have.

  1. marine mammal trainer with ipad and fur seal

    Fur Seal and Sea Lion Encounter

    Join our marine mammal trainers in the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center for a training session with a California sea lion or northern fur seal.

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  2. Penguin Encounter

    Our penguin experts will share some remarkable facts about penguins and the excellent care they receive, and how you can take action to protect these incredible animals.

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  3. Diver feeding sea turtle in the Giant Ocean Tank

    Giant Ocean Tank Encounter

    Go behind-the-scenes with an aquarist to meet the Caribbean species who live in this 200,000-gallon habitat, and the diving and other equipment we use to maintain it.

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