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Animal Update – January 31

national aquarium animal update

Sailfin Sculpin in Surviving Through Adaptation

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

national aquarium sailfin sculpin

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!

Experience the Wonders of Our Pacific Reef Right From Your Computer!

We are excited to announce our partnership with Discovery Communications in launching Animal Planet L!VE, a new digital video experience bringing live feeds of animals straight to your home computer, mobile device, or connected TV!

The Pacific Reef Cam gives unfiltered, round-the-clock access to the mesmerizing world of our Pacific Coral Reef exhibit in Baltimore!

yellow tangs

Yellow tangs are just one species of fish you’ll see swimming in our Pacific Coral Reef exhibit!

Home to more than 60 species, this vibrant exhibit shows viewers the complex system of a true living coral reef. Brightly colored tangs and clownfish dart through the water as hermit crabs and snails move slowly along the sea floor.

The hope in offering this live feed is to both share the beauty of these fragile ecosystems and inspire others to help protect them!


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