Animal Updates – June 15

Between our Baltimore and Washington, DC, venues, more than 17,500 animals representing 900 species call the National Aquarium home. There are constant changes, additions, and more going on behind the scenes that our guests may not notice during their visit. We want to share these fun updates with our community so we’re bringing them to you in our weekly Animal Update posts!

Check our blog every Friday to find out what’s going on… here’s what’s new this week!

New Coral 

We’ve added a number of new corals to our Pacific Coral Reef and Occupying exhibits. These corals include yellow sun polyps, green and purple star polyps and bright orange mushrooms!

Sun polyp

Orange mushroom

Purple star polyps

Green star polyp

Be sure to check back every Friday to find out what’s happening!

2 Responses to “Animal Updates – June 15”


  1. 1 Ursula June 19, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Today, I went to the beach with my kids. I found a sea shell and
    gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely
    off topic but I had to tell someone!

    • 2 National Aquarium June 20, 2013 at 9:03 am

      Oh no! We’re sure that hermit crab was just as frightened of your daughter ;)

      Hopefully, you both can pay us a visit soon and we’ll ease her back into loving the ocean!


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