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!
Two Banded Coral Shrimp on Exhibit!
We have a mated pair of banded coral shrimp now living in our Survival Through Adaptation exhibit!
Named for the red bands that cover its limbs and abdomen, the coral-banded shrimp is found throughout the western Atlantic ocean – from Canada to Brazil.
Did you know? This is the largest known species of cleaner shrimp! Cleaner shrimp remove parasites, injured tissue and even leftover food particles from a variety of reef species, including larger fish like grouper.
Banded coral shrimp usually live in pairs and mate for life.
Be sure to check back every Friday to find out what’s happening!