Animal Update - December 21

Published December 21, 2012

Between our Baltimore and Washington, DC, venues, more than 17,500 animals representing 900 species call the National Aquarium home. There are constant changes, additions, and more going on behind the scenes that our guests may not notice during their visit. We want to share these fun updates with our community so we’re bringing them to you in our weekly Animal Update posts!

Check our blog every Friday to find out what’s going on… here’s what’s new this week!

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Sally Lightfoot Crabs

We have four new sally lightfoot crabs Percnon gibbesi in our Surviving Through Adaptation exhibit.

sally lightfoot crab

Commonly found across the Pacific Coast of the Americas, this species only grows to have a carapace (shell) 1.2 inches wide. There small size allows them to quickly hide in the crevices of the reef to escape from predators.

Check back next week to see what's new! 

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