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Animal Update - October 10

Published October 10, 2014

Two new toadfish are on exhibit! An oyster toadfish has been added to our Maryland Mountains to the Sea exhibit and a gulf toadfish was added to our Surviving Through Adaptations exhibit.

toadfish

Did you know? These hardy bottom-dwellers can tolerate poor conditions, such as polluted water or low oxygen and can even survive outside of the water for a period of time.

Toadfish are ambush predators, camouflaging along the seafloor to catch their prey off guard. Their powerful jaws and sharp spines make them formidable predators.

As their name implies, toadfish can make a sound reminiscent of a toad’s croak. Vibrating their swim bladder, male toadfish “sing” to attract a mate.

Fun fact: In the late ‘90s, NASA sent two oyster toadfish to space to study the effect of microgravity on the vestibular system—the sensory system that helps us keep our sense of balance. 

Be sure to check back next Friday to find out what’s new!

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