1. There are two species of shark in the Giant Ocean Tank: bonnethead and blacknose. Both sleek and beautiful.

     
  2. Home again, home again: Clownfish have symbiotic relationships with anemones. They both provide protection to each other.

    Isn’t Mother Nature grand? 

     
  3. Penguin Mobile at the Library: Roast Beef the African penguin visited with the book-loving masses at the Boston Public Library’s Central Branch today. There was even a concert! Fun was had by all. 

    Photo: Vivien Li

     
  4. This lobster hatched here at the Aquarium and is now about a year old. It eats a special diet that makes its shell a lovely shade of blue. See this wee lobster in our lobster nursery on Level 1! #lobster #juvenile #cute #newenglandaquarium

     
  5. Meet the little blue penguins and explore the secret world of penguins at the Aquarium!

     
  6. A Most Unusual Lobster Larvae

    The Aquarium has a robust lobster research program. We hatch, raise and breed lobsters in a small hatchery located in our onsite laboratory. (This is the last year-round production facility for American lobsters in the United States!) Sometimes we find some unusual things.

     
  7. Earlier this spring we brought four of our Species Survival Plan-approved (meaning specifically chosen to produce a genetically healthy and diverse population) little blue penguin breeding pairs behind the scenes to start the breeding season. Hook up with the Penguin Blog to learn more about the start of the breeding season!

     
  8. Seal facts: Northern fur seals have extreme sexual dimorphism, which means the males are 30-40% larger than the females. Ursula here weighs around 100 pounds. 

    Learn more about seals and sea lions on the Trainer Blog.

     
  9. Hey Boston! Here’s a fact to file away in your brains: penguins have amazing hearing. Remember that fact and you could win passes to the Aquarium at a special event tomorrow if you’re among the first 10 people to find Roast Beef the African penguin AND recall this fact!

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  10. Sperm whale sighting in Bay of Fundy: We’ve had a few sperm whale sightings every year since 2010. The hydrophone was lowered over the side of the Nereid, and we took a few minutes to enjoy listening to it click click clicking. Take a listen for yourself! 

    It was a beautiful day on the water for these scientists. Here’s more pictures and action from the flat-calm field.

     
     
  11. As #sharkweek draws to a close, many thanks to @BrianSkerry for sharing his thoughts and stunning pictures with us (like this). It was the perfect way to celebrate these majestic predators. #savesharks #amazing #oceans #animals

     
  12. Vote New England Aquarium today!

    We’re thrilled to be nominated as one of the best aquariums in North America. Let’s go all the way! Click through to simply cast a vote for the New England AquariumVoting ends tomorrow at noon.

     
  13. Visitor Pictures: That big sea slug is the nearly 500-pound fur seal Isaac. Plan a visit to see this big lug!

    Photo: nerdrvt

     
  14. Visitor Pictures: Circles and spirals and the wonder of an octopus. See the octopus in all her mysterious beauty. Plan a visit.

    (Source: ofwordsandwaltzes)

     
  15. #SharkWeek Takeover by @BrianSkerry: My hope is that humans, who clearly have the capacity for change and to do great things, will evolve to a point where we no longer decimate fellow species with which we share this planet. #amazing #ocean #animals #savesharks