Animal Update – January 10

national aquarium animal update

Guieafowl Puffer Introduced into Blacktip Reef!

A guineafowl puffer has been successfully introduced into our Blacktip Reef exhibit!

national aquarium blacktip reef guineafowl puffer

Guineafowl puffers can be found in coral reefs throughout the Indo-Pacific region. They are omnivorous, feeding mainly on the tips of branching corals and, to a lesser extent, on sponges, mollusks, bryozoans, tunicates, forams, algae, and detritus.

Like other puffers, this species has the ability to inflate with water or air for protection!

Toby the Blue Lobster Settled into Atlantic Shelf

national aquarium blue lobster toby

Earlier this week, our blue lobster Toby was introduced into the Atlantic Shelf gallery of our Maryland: Mountains to the Sea exhibit. We’re happy to report that Toby has settled nicely into his new home!

Did you know? The genetic variation responsible for Toby’s blue hue occurs in 1 of every 2 million lobsters.

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

1 Response to “Animal Update – January 10”


  1. 1 Judy Dierkes January 11, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I don’t know who is choosing the various species of fishes…however, each one is like an individual beautiful jewel, that one by one makes up one heck of an outstanding crown!….we shall call all the fishes…the “crown jewel collection”! No two are exactly alike! Keep up the good work! Your all amazing! It would be cool to have the job of picking and choosing such a variety of species for the aquarium….fun! fun! fun!


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