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Here is the answer key to our poems and riddles scattered throughout the building. The number on the poster (next to the QR code) corresponds to a tab below. Click the tab to reveal the answer.

  1. Which animal am I?

    Poem 1

     Sharks!

    These sharks aren’t really cuddling—they just all like to find a safe place to rest! Ledges and mangrove roots provide excellent shelter for small sharks like these (and their offspring!)

  2. Which animal am I?

    Poem 2

    Penguins!

    As you can see, many of our penguins are in pairs of two! Penguins are monogamous, meaning they often mate with the same partner every season (though not always). Some mated pairs never produce offspring because they are the same sex, but you can still observe them preening each others feathers and nestling together to sleep. You can tell the sex of our penguins by looking at their wings: if they are banded on the right, they are female. If they are banded on the left, they are male.

  3. Which animal am I?

    Poem 3

    Sea Dragon!

    Here be dancers! Before mating, sea dragons engage in an elaborate courtship dance. They will mirror each others body movements as they twirl together, rising in the water column. They sometimes rise more than 10 feet! This is the most vulnerable time in a sea dragon’s life, as they leave the safety of their weedy camouflage. After mating, the male will carry the fertilized eggs on the underside of his tail until they hatch!

  4. Which animal am I?

    Poem 4

    Jellies!

    Jellies don’t have brains, eyes, or hearts! So, romance isn’t in the cards for them. They drift through the ocean wherever the currents guide them, not noticing the creatures around them. To reproduce, they release clouds of their gametes into the water, which combine to form free-swimming larvae. Cute, right?

  5. Which animal am I?

    Poem 5

    Electric Eel!

    I’m not sure MGMT would want someone to “shock them like an electric eel” if they knew that electric eels can produce 600 volts of electricity! For reference, an electrical outlet in your home only has 120 volts.

  6. Which animal am I?

    Poem 6

    Sea Horses!

    We tweaked this famous E.E. Cummings poem to honor our seahorse dads! Unlike humans, it is the male seahorse who gets pregnant and gives birth. Like humans, seahorses are generally monogamous!

  7. Which animal am I?

    Poem 7

    Blue Lobster!

    Most people picture lobsters being red, but they actually only turn red when they’re cooked! Lobsters generally have 3 layers of pigment in their shells: Red, blue, and yellow. Our blue lobster has a genetic mutation that causes only the blue pigment to be expressed. This mutation is very rare—only 1 in 2 million lobsters have it! The yellow lobster in this exhibit is even more rare—that mutation is one in 30 million!

  8. Which animal am I?

    Poem 8

    Octopus!

    Octopuses aren’t social creatures —they prefer their own company. This is something they have in common with Lucille Ball, who wisely said, “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” However, I doubt Lucille Ball has ever eaten a mate, which is something octopuses have been observed doing in the wild.

  9. Which animal am I?

    Poem 9

    Garden Eels!

    Our garden eels are sexy and they know it! Although, wiggling is a way of life for them, not a dance move.

  10. Which exhibit am I?

    Poem 10

    Giant Ocean Tank!

    In addition to holding 200,000 gallons of seawater, the Giant Ocean Tank also holds around 1,000 animals representing almost 100 species!

  11. Which animal am I?

    Poem 11

    Myrtle the Green Sea Turtle!

    We changed the lyrics to this Ed Sheeran classic to pay tribute to the Queen of the Giant Ocean Tank, Myrtle the Green Sea Turtle. Myrtle has lived at the New England Aquarium since 1970, and we estimate her age to be around 90 years old! Weighing in at 525 lbs, Myrtle gives us a lot to love.

  12. Which animal am I?

    Poem 12

    Coral!

    Did you know that corals aren’t just undersea flowers? A single coral is made up of thousands of tiny animals called polyps, which all share the same DNA. Inside each polyp is a symbiotic algae called zooxanthellae. The coral provides the zooxanthellae shelter, and the zooxanthellae provide the coral with food through photosynthesis. This “friendship” is what allows corals to build the underwater cities we call coral reefs! 25% of all known ocean species live on coral reefs—that’s a powerful friendship!

  13. Which animal am I?

    Poem 13

    Fur Seal!

    For comparison, humans usually have less than 100,000 hairs on our whole body. That’s why our fur seals are comfortable in the chilly water out here, even though we would shudder at the thought of swimming in the ocean in February. Fur seals’ dense fur traps air between the water and their skin; their body heat warms the air and the air warms their body!

  14. Which animal am I?

    Poem 14

    Rosenblatt’s Jawfish!

    Can you spot our blue-spotted jawfish? Look for holes in the sand! These fish spend most of their lives in their underground burrows, but a female will swim over to a male’s burrow if she wants to lay eggs! At new or full moons during the spring through fall breeding season, you might see males of this species engaged in a special mating display: they dart up into the water column, hang motionless with all fins erect for a few seconds, then dart back into their burrows, repeating the display every few minutes. These displays can go on for hours or until a female shows interest! After the female lays her eggs, the male will fertilize them, and then gathers them into his mouth and carries them until they hatch. This is called mouth-brooding!