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The New England Aquarium is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. With more than 1.3 million visitors a year, the Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston and a major public education resource for the region.
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Get a magical look at a Caribbean coral reef in the Giant Ocean Tank, with more than 3,000 carefully sculpted coral elements and more than 1,000 animals, including Myrtle, a 550-pound green sea turtle who has been living at the Aquarium for more than 40 years. Gently stroke cownose rays, Atlantic rays, and epaulet sharks as they swim gracefully through the crystal clear water of the Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank.
See the only two species of seadragons in the world in the seadragon exhibit. Don’t miss the bustling penguin colony, home to three species of penguins and over 80 individual penguins in all. Dive deep into the Science of Sharks with the newest exhibit at the New England Aquarium. Get up close to some small but mighty shark species from around the world. Hands-on activities illuminate the remarkable adaptations that give them an edge in the water, while the shark and ray touch tank lets you see — and feel! — these adaptations in action.
- Indo-Pacific Coral Reef
- Atlantic Harbor Seals
- Penguin Colony
- Olympic Coast
- Giant Ocean Tank
- Science of Sharks
- Gulf of Maine
- Sea Jellies
- Yawkey Coral Reef Center
- Amazon Rainforest
- Blue Planet Action Center
Marine Mammal Center
Watch limber northern fur seals fly through the water and California sea lions at play in this beautiful open-air exhibit space.
Shark and Ray Touch Tank
The exhibit presents these incredible species in a way that highlights their importance in a healthy ocean ecosystem. It also emphasizes the value of conserving essential coastal habitats, such as mangroves and lagoons.
The Seals – Our Favorite!
Two families of harbor seals live in the Aquarium’s exhibit. Each seal looks different and has a distinct personality. Photographs and descriptions help visitors identify the individual seals.
The harbor seal exhibit is a slice of the New England rocky coast, which is a typical habitat for Atlantic harbor seals. The Aquarium’s seals play in deep, cool water and then haul out on the rocky outcrops for a snooze or a sunbath.
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