New England Aquarium (@newenglandaquarium) — We're joining fellow aquariums nationwide in an effort to fight plastic pollution. Skip the straws you don't need! Take the pledge.
#Repost of @bostonharborcruises and some very familiar flippers and fins! Hope on over to their Instagram to see all the places the elf visited. ・・・ Mate's first trip to the @newenglandaquarium was aqua-amazing! In addition to meeting many new marine friends, he had the opportunity to hang out with local celebrity Ron the sea lion and spent some quality snuggle time with Chuck the harbor seal! HUGE thank you to our friends at NEAQ for taking the time to introduce him to the locals and giving him an experience he will never forget! Join the New England Aquarium and BHC on an Atlantic adventure aboard one of our Whale Watches! The 2019 season will begin in March and run through the fall.
Ladies and gents, Ron is ready for the weekend! • • • So an update on our favorite sea lion pup: He's almost a year and a half. It looks like he's officially weaned, trainers have not seen him nursing for a couple weeks. And he's up to eating about five pounds of fish a day. His favorite things are napping, playing in the kiddie pool, and napping.
Lunchtime for the lob: On krill and other fish bits blue lobster munches. Blue lobsters are the most common of the oddly colored lobsters that can be found in New England waters. They are estimated to have an incidence of about 1 in 5 million. They can come in a variety of blues, from a mottled mix of navy blue and black to a spectacular cobalt blue. Some of the oddly colored lobsters can be found at the Aquarium hiding in the rocks among the exhibits of the Northern Waters gallery and being displayed during live animal presentations for younger visitors. American lobsters are usually a mottled greenish brown. Once cooked, they become the familiar bright red that are served to diners around the world.
Octopuses don't have a bone in their muscular bodies. They are capable of scrunching up into tiny spaces or splaying their arms in an impressive web. Giant Pacific octopuses can streeeetch up to 20 feet from arm tip to arm tip (though Freya and Professor are much smaller than that)! 🐙 🐙 The only hard part of an octopus's bodies is the chitin beak at the center of their eight arms, which they use for crushing crabs and other tasty morsels. Fun fact: Octopuses can squeeze through any space as long as their beak fits.
The invertebrates in the Olympic Coast exhibit don't always line up in color-coordinated cliques, but when they do it's very satisfying. • • • The tropics aren't the only marine environments with dazzling color. Just one look at our Olympic Coast exhibit proves cold-water habitats radiate rainbows too—from green and white-spotted rose anemones to purple urchins to tiger rockfish and giant Pacific octopus. 🌈 • • • Our exhibit in the Northern Water Gallery is a celebration of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary protects a wide variety of marine life including marine mammals, sea birds, fishes, kelps, and intertidal communities that thrive in the productive upwelling zone.
Don't worry, this squirrel won't be raiding your bird feeder. 🐿️ 🐟 With hundreds of mouths to feed, caring for the animals in our largest exhibit takes a lot of planning, prep, and plunges. Divers are in the water feeding four times a day, making sure fish in the Giant Ocean Tank—like this squirrelfish—get enough to eat. What's on the menu for squirrelfish? Krill, silversides, and shrimp.
Wait, what? What do you mean the weekend is over? • • • Take a look long look at some of our tropical exhibits and you might see some industrious little fish called gobies. They feed on tiny invertebrates in the sand, gulping a mouthful of sand to filter out the food bits. The excess sand is dumped out their gill slits before they dive in for another mouthful. They get a meal. and they earn their keep by keeping the sand tidy!
That's a moray. And THAT'S a moray! 💚 💚 • • • There are three green moray eels and one spotted moray in our 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank exhibit. They may look menacing, flashing their razor sharp teeth as they peer out of the reef, but that's just how they breath—gulping in water to rush over their gills. • • • Eels are just some of the fish species that rely on healthy coral reefs for habitat and food. Reefs are among the most diverse and valuable ecosystems on Earth, but they face threats from human activities, including pollution, overfishing, and destructive fishing practices.
Scientific studies show that when #seismicblasting happens, fewer fish are caught, more zooplankton die, and marine mammals struggle to flourish. That's why the New England Aquarium is standing with other aquariums and state leaders to oppose oil and gas exploration off the East Coast. On Friday, November 30, 2018, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) gave the green light for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to launch a series of seismic surveys by private companies along the Atlantic coast. These surveys use extremely loud seismic airgun blasts to map the seafloor and are the first step to finding oil and gas deposits. Seismic surveys—and the subsequent offshore oil and gas production they make possible—will negatively impact commercial fisheries, marine ecosystems, and some of the region’s most endangered dolphins, whales, and turtles. East Coast states have made it clear: No drilling off our coast. Learn more—link in bio.
Brook trout are found in cool, highly oxygenated streams from Georgia north through Canada. Warming waters due to climate change could induce heat stress for these fish, which causes decreased feeding, growth, and reproduction. Chill out looking at the brook trout at the Aquarium. Find this freshwater vignette in our Freshwater Gallery on Level 3.
Plastic straws: They pollute our waters, harm our aquatic friends, and remain in our ocean, rivers, and lakes for hundreds of years. That’s why we’ve partnered up with 22 aquariums across the country to take the first step to combat plastic pollution. Join us and take the pledge to skip the straw you don't need! [Link in bio]
Well, can't get much cuter than this. Guess we'll call it a day here. • • • Kitovi here is a four-year-old northern fur seal. She is a petite and charming ambassador for her vulnerable species, born right here at the Aquarium. Northern fur seals hail from the chilly North Pacific and Bering Sea. They have some spiffy attributes that help them thrive in harsh climates, like über furry coats that keep them warm when they spend months at sea. But the species faces threats in the wild, including food scarcity due to shifting ocean currents and habitat change—both symptoms of climate change. Get a greater appreciation for fur seals in our New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center.
"Look deep, deep into my eyes. All of them." And now for the cool blue ocean facts! Did you know scallops have hundreds of eyes lining edge of their shell? Scientists believe they can make out images, maybe even predators. And these eyes are surprisingly complex for a tasty bivalve with a mirror and two retinas capable of a central field of view as well as peripheral vision. Look for these amazing little invertebrates in our Edge of the Sea touch tank or our Northern Waters gallery.