In a town that is full of top attractions and exciting destinations, the New England Aquarium is truly a “must-see” spot in Boston. For nearly 50 years, the New England Aquarium has been of the most popular places for people to go whether they are visiting the Hub for a day, a weekend or even just a couple of hours. The aquarium’s unique combination of education, entertainment and fun annually draws about 1.3 million visitors each year – you could be next!
Even if you’ve been fortunate enough to explore the New England Aquarium in the past, it’s well-worth another trip because its centerpiece exhibit, the Giant Ocean Tank, has undergone a massive renovation that has brought more aquatic animals into the tank than ever before.
The highlight of the new transformation at the aquarium is the Yawkey Coral Reef Center at the top of the exhibit, but that’s not all that has changed at the Giant Ocean Tank.
The newly renovated Giant Ocean Tank is home to more than 1,000 fishes and now houses more than twice the number of animals that were in the old exhibit. Myrtle, the 550-pound green sea turtle that was the star of the old exhibit, is back, except she now has two loggerhead sea turtles and a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle to keep her company.
Forty-feet in diameter and filled with 200,000 gallons of water, the Giant Ocean Tank is also now flanked by iPads loaded with an interactive fish ID application that will allow interested visitors to identify whatever creature in the exhibit they choose. With rare species like midnight parrotfish, trumpetfish, guitarfish and yellow goatfish, that application is sure to come in handy.
In addition to the Giant Ocean Tank, there are also tons of other exhibits like the Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank, Edge of the Sea, Gulf of Maine, NewBalanceFoundationMarineMammalCenter, Pacific Reef Community, Seadragons, Penguins, Harbor Seal Exhibit and Amazon Rainforest.
There’s also the BluePlanetActionCenter, an exhibit looking at the impacts of climate change and the threats that are facing the endangered North Atlantic right whale. The exhibit also features a Shark Nursery and Lobster Nursery that breed animals that are sometimes featured at the aquarium once they are old enough to survive.
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