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Animal Update – January 17

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Toadfish in Atlantic Shelf! 

An oyster toadfish has been introduced into the Atlantic Shelf gallery of our Maryland: Mountains to the Sea exhibit.

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This species is easily recognized by its “toad-like” appearance.

Toadfish spend most of their time camouflaged within the sandy or muddy areas near the water’s bottom, where they can successfully ambush oncoming prey.

Toadfish are well-known for their “mating song.” Male toadfish vibrate their swim bladders to produce a grunt-like sound to attract females! Listen to the toadfish’s song here: 

Striped Bass in Migrating! 

We have 26 new striped bass in our Migrating exhibit!

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These bass came to us from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR). They are part of the Chalk Point hatchery‘s 2013 class!

Measuring anywhere from 3 to 6 feet in length, striped bass have been a popular sportfish in the Mid-Atlantic region and along the Atlantic coast since the early 1970′s.

Both sport and commercial fishing demands took a serious and rapid toll on striped bass populations in important breeding areas like the Chesapeake Bay. Since the early 1980′s, Maryland DNR has successfully worked with fisheries, fisherman and conservation organizations to revive the striped bass populations throughout the state!

FUN FACT: Did you know? Striped bass, also known as rockfish, is the state fish of Maryland, Rhode Island and South Carolina!

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

Animal Update – January 10

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Guieafowl Puffer Introduced into Blacktip Reef!

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

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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

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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!

Animal Update – January 3

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Two angelfish species added to Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit! 

A queen angelfish and a french angelfish have been introduced into our Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit.

There are over 80 species of angelfish inhabiting the world’s oceans. These tropical fish make their homes in shallow waters surrounding coral reefs!

Did you know? Queen angelfish get their name from the crown-like ring that sits on their heads.

Starry puffer introduced into Blacktip Reef!

Our Blacktip Reef exhibit has a new resident – a starry pufferfish!

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Starry puffers can only be found in the Indo-Pacific region. Measuring up to 4 feet in length, they are one of the largest identified species of pufferfish in the world!

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

Animal Updates – December 27

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Northern Hogsuckers in Maryland Mountains to the Sea

A new group of 10 northern hogsuckers has been added to the Allegheny Stream gallery of our Maryland Mountains to the Sea exhibit!

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The hogsucker is a very distinctive-looking fish with a pronounced, fleshy mouth, which it uses to rummage through substrate and sift our food!

Did you know? These fish are good indicators of waterway health, as they are intolerant of polluted and dirty water.

Clown Triggerfish in Surviving Through Adaptation

A new clown triggerfish has been added to our Displaying gallery!

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This species gets its name from unique look – clown triggerfish have black bellies with large white spots and bright yellow lips!

Clown triggerfish are normally shy and solitary, but they can be very aggressive. Some may charge or attack intruders. When hiding from predators, triggerfish lock themselves into small openings with their trigger fin and bite down on the coral or rock to ensure their safety.

These fish can be found in many areas of the Indian and Pacific Oceans such as Africa, Indonesia, Samoa, Japan, and New Caledonia.

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

Animal Update – December 20

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Strawberry Anemones in Surviving Through Adaptation

We have a whole colony of strawberry anemones now on exhibit in our Surviving Through Adaptation gallery!

national aquarium strawberry anemone

Did you know? These animals only grow to be about an inch wide! Like many other species of anemone, their tentacles are equipped with a potent poison which can stun prey/predators.

Strawberry anemones reproduce by splitting themselves into two identical copies, in a process known as fission. Along the ragged coast of the Pacific Ocean, you can see many rocks and ledges covered in these pink anemones!

Spotfin Butterflyfish in Lurking Gallery

A group of spotfin butterflyfish (originally from our DC location) has been added to our Lurking gallery.

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Did you know? The black bar across this fish’s eye confuses predators.

This species is found in the Western Atlantic, from the east coast of the United States to Brazil.

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


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