Animal Updates - July 20
Published July 20, 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!
Eight princess, striped, and redband parrotfish have been added to our Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit.
Redband parrotfish in the Atlantic Coral Reef
Parrotfish have fused teeth that resemble a bird’s beak—hence their name. The teeth are specialized for scraping algae and invertebrates from coral and rocks. Another set of teeth (pharyngeal teeth) are on the floor and roof of the parrotfishes’ throats. These crush the ingested material.
Check out those chompers!
New Fish in the Amazon River Forest
We've added tetras, hatchetfish, and plecos to our Amazon River Forest exhibit.
Tetras in the Amazon River Forest
Be sure to check back every Friday to find out what’s happening!