New England Aquarium
The New England Aquarium has been a popular North End attraction since it's doors opened to the public in 1969. Patrons enjoyed the vast display of ocean life in the tanks throughout the builidng- with the highlight being the Giant Ocean Tank. It was the largest circular ocean tank in the world when it debuted in 1970. It received a major renovation in 1984 with the addition of a Caribbean coral reef and, today, is still a main highlight for visitors - housing a variety of aquatic life.
As you enter, you are greeted by the squaks coming from the large tank (150,000 gallon) housing the New England Aquarium's penguin exhibit. Here, you can find penguins of many varieties - including Northern and Southern
As mentioned earlier, the main attractions
of the aquarium is the enourmous Giant Ocean Tank. This tank
is 23 feet deep, 40 feet wide and holds 200,000 gallons of salt water!
This tank is so big that the Aquarium was actually built around it.
Following along the walkway will give access to three levels of exhibits including:
The Temperate Gallery
Highlights include Goliath grouper, ancient fishes, rare sea dragons, coastal environments, and thousands of schooling fish.
The Freshwater Gallery
This exhibit compares freshwater habitats in South America to the New England river systems. Piranhas, electric eels, anacondas, and Atlantic salmon are featured.
The Edge of the Sea tide pool
A hands-on exhibit which allows visitors to touch creatures found in New England tide pools -including hermit crabs, sea urchins, horseshoe crabs and sea stars.
The Northern Waters of the World Gallery
Focusing on the comparison of New England marine habitats to those of the Pacific Northwest. Features are Giant Pacific Octopus, shorebirds, colored lobsters and goosefish.
The Tropical Gallery
Highlighting many colorful tropical fish, venomous fish (including scorpionfish, and living corals) and cuttlefish.
The Animal Medical Center
Gives behind-the-scenes view of what goes into caring for thousands of creatures found at the aquarium.
Another exciting part of the aquarium is the
Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank. In a
replica of their lagoon themed habitat - with shallow water which allows
visitors to touch/feel the different species (southern stingrays, cownose
rays, yellow stingrays and coral catsharks) as they swim past.
The Atlantic Harbor Seals Exhibit
is a favoriite of both patrons and those in the area outside the aquarium.
Watch the seals swim, play and sleep in the only exhibit that is free
to the public, in all seasons.