Posts Tagged 'sculpin'

Animal Update – January 31

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Sailfin Sculpin in Surviving Through Adaptation

Two sailfin sculpins have been added to the Feeding gallery of our Surviving Through Adaptation exhibit.

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Also known as the “eye-banded sailor fish,” sailfin sculpins are found through the eastern Pacific ocean – from Alaska to southern California. This species prefers to stay along the shoreline where there are lots of rocky, algae-covered crevices.

Did you know? Their common name is derived from the sail-like fin that sits on top of their heads!

Plumose Anemones Added to Surviving Through Adaptation

Two plumose anemones have also been added to our Feeding gallery!

national aquarium plumose anemone

Plumose anemones are common from southern Alaska to southern California. Young specimens will often form dense colonies on pilings, floats, breakwaters and jetties in bays and harbors.

These animals are easily recognized by their tall, column-like bodies, which are topped with a “plume” of many short oral arms.

To feed, these anemones sweep passing seawater with their tentacles to filter out zooplankton!

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

Animal Updates – May 31

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!

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Sea Raven

We have a sea raven in our Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuaries exhibit!

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Sea ravens, Hemitripterus americanus, are a species of sculpin, from the Scorpaenidae family. They are bottom-dwelling fishes that feed on small invertebrates, and are found in the northwest Atlantic and north Pacific oceans. They have a wide range of amazing colors including deep red, dark brown, purple and  various shades of yellow.

This ambush predator has fleshy protrusions extending from their large head that help disguise it against rocky bottoms. Their prickly skin (covered in small spines) and ragged looking dorsal fin come together to make this one bizarre, yet awesome looking fish.

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


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