Animals

With more than 20,000 animals at the National Aquarium, you'll discover something new every time you visit!

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Allegheny Cascades
Allegheny Cascades
Amazon River Basin Gallery
Amazon River Basin Gallery
Amazon River Forest
Amazon River Forest
America's Freshwater Ecosystems
America's Freshwater Ecosystems
Amphibians Gallery
Amphibians Gallery
Animal Encounters
Animal Encounters
Australia: Wild Extremes
Australia: Wild Extremes
Atlantic Coral Reef
Atlantic Coral Reef
Blacktip Reef
Blacktip Reef
Coral Reefs
Coral Reefs
Dolphin Discovery
Dolphin Discovery
Frogs
Frogs
Hidden Life
Hidden Life
Invasive Species
Invasive Species
Moon Jellies
Moon Jellies
Jellies Invasion
Jellies Invasion
Living Seashore
Living Seashore
Maryland: Mountains to the Sea
Maryland: Mountains to the Sea
National Marine Sanctuaries and National Parks Gallery
National Marine Sanctuaries and National Parks Gallery
North Atlantic to the Pacific
North Atlantic to the Pacific
Patch Reefs
Patch Reefs
Secrets of the Swamp
Secrets of the Swamp
Shark Alley
Shark Alley
Sharks
Sharks
Sherman's Lagoon
Sherman's Lagoon
Meet the National Aquarium’s Most Patriotic Residents
Meet the National Aquarium’s Most Patriotic Residents
Surviving Through Adaptation
Surviving Through Adaptation
Upland Tropical Rain Forest
Upland Tropical Rain Forest
Waterfront Park
Waterfront Park
Amphibians
Amphibians
Birds
Birds
Bony Fish
Bony Fish
Cartilaginous Fish
Cartilaginous Fish
Invertebrates
Invertebrates
Mammals
Mammals
Reptiles
Reptiles

Amphibians

American Bull Frog

American Bullfrog

Exhibit Name: Maryland: Mountains to the Sea

Invertebrates

Anemone

Anemones

Exhibit Name: North Atlantic to the Pacific

Mammals

Atlantic bottlenose dolphin

Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin

Exhibit Name: Dolphin Discovery

Birds

Atlantic Puffin

Atlantic Puffin

Exhibit Name: North Atlantic to the Pacific

Reptiles

Austalian freshwater crocodile

Australian Freshwater Crocodile

Exhibit Name: Australia: Wild Extremes

Bony Fish

Banggai cardinalfish

Banggai Cardinalfish

Exhibit Name: North Atlantic to the Pacific

Bony Fish

Barramundi

Barramundi

Exhibit Name: Australia: Wild Extremes

Bony Fish

Black Grouper

Black Grouper

Exhibit Name: Surviving Through Adaptation

Reptiles

Black Headed Python

Black-Headed Python

Exhibit Name: Australia: Wild Extremes

Cartilaginous Fish

Blacktip Reef Shark

Blacktip Reef Shark

Exhibit Name: Blacktip Reef

Invertebrates

Blue Crab

Blue Crab

Exhibit Name: Maryland: Mountains to the Sea

Birds

Blue-Crowned MotMot

Blue-Crowned Motmot

Exhibit Name: Upland Tropical Rain Forest

Invertebrates

Toby the Blue Lobster

Toby the Blue Lobster

Exhibit Name: Maryland: Mountains to the Sea

Amphibians

Blue Poison Dart Frog

Blue Poison-Dart Frog

Exhibit Name: Upland Tropical Rain Forest

Cartilaginous Fish

Bonnethead shark

Bonnethead Shark

Exhibit Name: Atlantic Coral Reef

Reptiles

Broad Shell Snake-Necked Turtle

Broad-Shelled Turtle

Exhibit Name: Australia: Wild Extremes

Invertebrates

Chambered nautilus

Chambered Nautilus

Exhibit Name: Surviving Through Adaptation

Bony Fish

Clownfish

Percula Clownfish

Exhibit Name: North Atlantic to the Pacific

Bony Fish

Clown Triggerfish

Clown Triggerfish

Exhibit Name: Blacktip Reef

Bony Fish

Creole Fish

Atlantic Creole Fish

Exhibit Name: Surviving Through Adaptation

Reptiles

Death Adder

Death Adder

Exhibit Name: Australia: Wild Extremes

Reptiles

Diamondback terrapin

Diamondback Terrapin

Exhibit Name: Maryland: Mountains to the Sea

Bony Fish

Discus

Discus

Exhibit Name: Amazon River Forest

Bony Fish

National Aquarium – Electric Eel

Electric Eel

Exhibit Name: Surviving Through Adaptation

Reptiles

Emerald Tree Boa

Emerald Tree Boa

Exhibit Name: Amazon River Forest

Bony Fish

Emperor Angelfish

Emperor Angelfish

Exhibit Name: Blacktip Reef

Bony Fish

Fairy Basslet

Fairy Basslets

Exhibit Name: Surviving Through Adaptation

Bony Fish

Garabaldi

Garibaldi

Exhibit Name: North Atlantic to the Pacific

Amphibians

Giant tree frog

Giant Waxy Tree Frog

Exhibit Name: Amazon River Forest

Invertebrates

Giant Pacific octopus

Giant Pacific Octopus

Exhibit Name: Surviving Through Adaptation

Mammals

Golden lion tamarin

Golden Lion Tamarin

Exhibit Name: Upland Tropical Rain Forest

Birds

Gouldian Finch

Gouldian Finch

Exhibit Name: Australia: Wild Extremes

Bony Fish

Graysby

Graysby

Exhibit Name: Surviving Through Adaptation

Bony Fish

Green Moray Eel

Green Moray Eel

Exhibit Name: Atlantic Coral Reef

Reptiles

Green Sea Turtle

Green Sea Turtle

Exhibit Name: Blacktip Reef

Mammals

Gray-headed flying fox

Grey-headed Flying Fox

Exhibit Name: Australia: Wild Extremes

Bony Fish

Guineafowl puffer

Guineafowl Puffer

Exhibit Name: Blacktip Reef

Bony Fish

Harlequin Tuskfish

Harlequin Tuskfish

Exhibit Name: Blacktip Reef

Cartilaginous Fish

Honeycomb Stingray

Reticulated Whiptail Ray

Exhibit Name: Blacktip Reef

Cartilaginous Fish

Horn Shark

Horn Shark

Exhibit Name: North Atlantic to the Pacific

Bony Fish

humphead wrasse

Humphead Wrasse

Exhibit Name: Blacktip Reef

Birds

Hyacinth Macaw

Hyacinth Macaw

Exhibit Name: Animal Encounters

Reptiles

Irwins Turtle

Irwin's Snapping Turtle

Exhibit Name: Australia: Wild Extremes

Invertebrates

Blue Blubber Jellyfish

Blue Blubber Jelly

Exhibit Name: Jellies Invasion

Invertebrates

Leidys Comb Jellyfish

Leidy’s Comb Jelly

Exhibit Name: Jellies Invasion

Invertebrates

lions mane

Lion's Mane Jellyfish

Exhibit Name: Jellies Invasion

Invertebrates

Moon Jellyfish

Moon Jelly

Exhibit Name: Jellies Invasion

Invertebrates

Pacific Sea Nettle

Pacific Sea Nettle

Exhibit Name: Jellies Invasion

Invertebrates

Purple Striped Jellyfish

Purple-Striped Jelly

Exhibit Name: Jellies Invasion

Invertebrates

Spotted Lagoon Jellyfish

Spotted Lagoon Jelly

Exhibit Name: Jellies Invasion

Invertebrates

Upside-Down Jellyfish

Upside-Down Jelly

Exhibit Name: Jellies Invasion

Reptiles

Fitzroy River Snake-Necked Turtle

Kimberley Snake-Necked Turtle

Exhibit Name: Australia: Wild Extremes

Cartilaginous Fish

sawfish

Largetooth Sawfish

Exhibit Name: Shark Alley

Birds

National Aquarium – Laughing Kookaburra

Laughing Kookaburra

Exhibit Name: Australia: Wild Extremes

Cartilaginous Fish

Leopard Shark

Leopard Shark

Exhibit Name: North Atlantic to the Pacific

Mammals

Two-toed sloth

Linne's Two-Toed Sloth

Exhibit Name: Upland Tropical Rain Forest

Bony Fish

Longhorn Cowfish

Longhorn Cowfish

Exhibit Name: Surviving Through Adaptation

Bony Fish

Longnose Gar

Longnose Gar

Exhibit Name: Surviving Through Adaptation

Bony Fish

Longsnout Seahorse

Longsnout Seahorse

Exhibit Name: Surviving Through Adaptation

Invertebrates

Mantis Shrimp

Peacock Mantis Shrimp

Exhibit Name: Surviving Through Adaptation

Bony Fish

Mouth Almighty

Mouth Almighty

Exhibit Name: Australia: Wild Extremes

Bony Fish

Northern hogsucker

Northern Hogsucker

Exhibit Name: Allegheny Cascades

Invertebrates

Atlantic Sea Nettle

Northern Sea Nettle

Exhibit Name: Jellies Invasion

Cartilaginous Fish

Nurse Shark

Nurse Shark

Exhibit Name: Shark Alley

Reptiles

Pig-Nosed Turtle

Pig-nosed Turtle

Exhibit Name: Australia: Wild Extremes

Bony Fish

National Aquarium – Porcupine Fish

Spotfin Porcupinefish

Exhibit Name: Atlantic Coral Reef

Birds

National Aquarium – Rainbow Lorikeet

Swainson’s Lorikeet

Exhibit Name: Australia: Wild Extremes

Bony Fish

National Aquarium – Red lionfish

Red Lionfish

Exhibit Name: Surviving Through Adaptation

Bony Fish

National Aquarium – Rosyside dace

Rosyside Dace

Exhibit Name: Maryland: Mountains to the Sea

Cartilaginous Fish

National Aquarium - Roughtail Stingray

Roughtail Stingray

Exhibit Name: Shark Alley

Cartilaginous Fish

Sandbar Shark

Sandbar Shark

Exhibit Name: Shark Alley

Cartilaginous Fish

National Aquarium – Sand Tiger Shark

Sand Tiger Shark

Exhibit Name: Shark Alley

Birds

National Aquarium – Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis

Exhibit Name: Upland Tropical Rain Forest

Birds

National Aquarium - Screaming Piha

Screaming Piha

Exhibit Name: Upland Tropical Rain Forest

Invertebrates

National Aquarium – Sea Stars

Sea Stars

Exhibit Name: North Atlantic to the Pacific

Bony Fish

National Aquarium – Silver arowana

Silver Arowana

Exhibit Name: Amazon River Forest

Bony Fish

Slingjaw Wrasse

Slingjaw Wrasse

Exhibit Name: Blacktip Reef

Reptiles

National Aquarium – Spiny-tailed monitor

Spiny-Tailed Monitor

Exhibit Name: Australia: Wild Extremes

Bony Fish

National Aquarium - Spotfin butterflyfish

Spotfin Butterflyfish

Exhibit Name: Surviving Through Adaptation

Bony Fish

spotted unicornfish

Spotted Unicornfish

Exhibit Name: Blacktip Reef

Bony Fish

National Aquarium – Striped blenny

Striped Blenny

Exhibit Name: Maryland: Mountains to the Sea

Bony Fish

National Aquarium – Striped burrfish

Striped Burrfish

Exhibit Name: Maryland: Mountains to the Sea

Birds

National Aquarium – Sunbittern

Sunbittern

Exhibit Name: Upland Tropical Rain Forest

Invertebrates

National Aquarium – Tarantula

Tarantula

Exhibit Name: Upland Tropical Rain Forest

Birds

National Aquarium – Tawny frogmouth

Tawny Frogmouth

Exhibit Name: Australia: Wild Extremes

Birds

National Aquarium - Turquoise Tanager

Turquoise Tanager

Exhibit Name: Upland Tropical Rain Forest

Cartilaginous Fish

White-Blotched River Stingray

Exhibit Name: Amazon River Forest

Birds

National Aquarium – White-tailed trogon

White-Tailed Trogon

Exhibit Name: Upland Tropical Rain Forest

Cartilaginous Fish

tasselled wobbegong

Wobbegong Shark

Exhibit Name: Blacktip Reef

Bony Fish

National Aquarium - Wolf Eel

Wolf Eel

Exhibit Name: North Atlantic to the Pacific

Birds

National Aquarium – Yellow-headed Amazon parrot

Yellow-Headed Amazon Parrot

Exhibit Name: Upland Tropical Rain Forest

Invertebrates

National Aquarium - Yellow Sea Cucumber

Yellow Sea Cucumber

Exhibit Name: North Atlantic to the Pacific

Bony Fish

National Aquarium - Yellow Tang

Yellow Tang

Exhibit Name: North Atlantic to the Pacific

Cartilaginous Fish

National Aquarium – Zebra shark

Zebra Shark

Exhibit Name: Blacktip Reef

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