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Whether they’re finned or scaled, deep-sea swimmers or treetop dwellers, each one of the thousands of animals at the National Aquarium has a unique story to tell.

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Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)

Australia’s nocturnal tawny frogmouth is often mistaken for an owl, but it’s actually part of the nightjar family.

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Turquoise Tanager (Tangara mexicana)

The turquoise tanager is a brightly colored bird with a strikingly blue face and breast and yellow or white underside.

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Upside-Down Jelly (Cassiopea xamachana)

This jelly looks more like a flower blooming on the seafloor than a typical jelly.

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White-Blotched River Stingray (Potamotrygon leopoldi)

This stingray has a distinctive pattern of dots, helping it blend into its riverbed habitat.

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Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens)

These vibrant fish look very similar to juvenile blue tangs, but blue tangs turn blue and grow quite a bit larger, whereas yellow tangs reta...

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Yellow-Headed Amazon (Amazona oratrix)

Features of this parrot are its yellow head and a red patch on each wing.

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Zebra Shark (Stegostoma fasciatum)

As juveniles, zebra sharks have dark bodies with yellowish stripes. As they mature, the pattern changes to small dark spots on a grayish-tan...

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