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Encyclopedia > New England Aquarium

The New England Aquarium is a major A 335,000 US gallon (1.3 million liter) aquarium at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California displaying a simulated kelp forest ecosystem An aquarium (plural aquariums or aquaria) is a clear-sided container (typically constructed of glass or high-strength plastic) in which water-dwelling plants and animals (usually... aquarium located in the city of Boston redirects here. For other uses, see Boston (disambiguation). Boston is the capital of and the largest city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. It is the unofficial capital of the region known as New England. It is also one of the oldest and wealthiest cities in... Boston, State nickname: Bay State Other U.S. States Capital Boston Largest city Boston Governor Mitt Romney Official languages English Area 27,360 km² (44th)  - Land 20,317 km²  - Water 7,043 km² (25.7%) Population (2000)  - Population 6,349,097 (13th)  - Density 312.68... Massachusetts.


The aquarium features several major exhibits along with a number of minor exhibits.


Located in the central open atrium of main building, the principal feature of the aquarium is the Giant Ocean Tank, a cylindrical 800,000 The gallon is a unit of volume used for measuring liquids (as well as dry matter). In the US a fluid gallon is exactly 3.785 411 784 litres: see U.S. customary units An Imperial gallon is exactly 4.546 09 litres: see Imperial unit. At one time, the... gallon tank simulating a Part of a coral reef. A coral reef is a type of biotic reef developing in tropical waters. Although corals are major contributors to the overall framework and bulk material comprising a coral reef, the organisms most responsible for reef growth against the constant assault by ocean waves are calcarous... coral reef. This tank houses Orders see text Sharks are a group (superorder Selachimorpha) of fish, with a full cartilaginous skeleton, a streamlined body plan with between 5 and 7 gill slits along the sides (most often) or side of the head (the first modified slit is behind the eye and called a spiracle), dermal... sharks, Families See text Turtles are reptiles of the order Testudinata, most of whose body is shielded by a special bony shell developed from their ribs. The term turtle is usually used for the aquatic species, aquatic fresh-water turtles also being referred to as terrapins. The term is also used... turtles, and many smaller reef-living fish. Open at the top, the This article is about the construction material. For the philosophical term, see Concrete (philosophy). For the comic book, see Concrete (comics). Placing a concrete floor for a commercial building In construction, concrete is a composite building material made from the combination of aggregate and cement binder. The most common form... concrete and Acrylic is a generic name for all synthetic polymers derived from acrylic acid or methacrylic acid Specifically, Acrylic or Acrylic glas is often used as a common name for polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), also known as Plexiglas. Acrylic paint is a paint that contains PMMA Acrylic fiber is a synthetic polymer... acrylic tank is surrounded by a walkway that spirals down from the top level, offering many different views of the artificial reef.


At the bottom, the tank stands in a large, square 120,000 gallon This article is about penguin birds. For other meanings, see Penguin (disambiguation). Genera Aptenodytes Eudyptes Eudyptula Megadyptes Pygoscelis Spheniscus Penguins (order Sphenisciformes, family Spheniscidae) are an order of flightless birds living in the southern hemisphere. They are not, contrary to popular belief, only found in cold climates, such as Antarctica... penguin exhibit, hosting several different colonies of birds. The penguin exhibit can be seen from the spiral walkway of the central tank or from elevated viewing areas that completely surround the perimeter of the tank. The penguins live in several artificial rock islands within the tank.


Surrounding the atrium are three different levels of smaller exhibits including:

  • A tank showing a typical This article is about the region in the United States of America. For other uses, see New England (disambiguation). Modern New England, the six northeastern-most states of the United States, indicated by red The New England region of the United States is located in the northeastern corner of the... New England stream environment
  • An Binomial name Electrophorus electricus The electric eel (Electrophorus electricus) is a most unusual species of fish. It is capable of generating powerful electrical shocks, up to 600 volts, which it uses for both hunting and self-defense. In fact, it is a top predator in its South American range, no... electric eel
  • A demonstration of rheotaxis
  • A demonstration of Bioluminescence is the production and emission of visible light by a living organism as the result of a chemical reaction during which chemical energy is converted to light energy. . The name originates from the Greek bios for living and the Latin lumen light. Bioluminescence may be generated by symbiotic organisms... bioluminescent fish
  • An Families 14 in two suborders, see text The octopus is a cephalopod of the order Octopoda that inhabits many diverse regions of the ocean, especially coral reefs. The term may also refer to only those creatures in the genus Octopus. In the larger sense, there are 289 different octopus species... octopus
  • Several Species Allonautilus perforatus Allonautilus scrobiculatus Nautilus belauensis Nautilus macromphalus Nautilus pompilius pompilius Nautilus pompilius suluensis Nautilus stenomphalus The nautilus is a marine creature of the class Cephalopoda. The five nautilus species are the sole living members of the subclass Nautiloidea, order Nautilida. Nautilus is also the name of one of... Nautiluses
  • Several tanks of small tropical fish
  • A Tide pools at a beach Closeup of a tide pool with some algae and barnacles Tide pools are areas on rocks by the ocean that are filled with seawater. Tide pools can either be small and shallow or large and deep. The small ones are usually found far back on... tide pool A petting zoo (often called, and/or part of, a childrens zoo) features a combination of domestic animals and some wild species that are docile enough to touch and feed. Petting zoos are extremely popular with small children. In order to ensure the animals health, the food is supplied... petting zoo

Just outside the aquarium is a Binomial name Phoca vitulina Linnaeus, 1758 Common or Harbour Seals (Phoca vitulina) are true seals of the Northern Hemisphere. Having the widest range of all pinnipeds, Common Seals are found in coastal waters of the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans as well as those of the Baltic and North Seas... harbor seal exhibit. Moored on Categories: Stub | Massachusetts geography | Boston ... Boston Harbor adjacent to the aquarium buildings is the barge Discovery. This barge houses the aquarium's Genera Eumetopias Zalophus Otaria Neophoca Phocarctos A sea lion rookery at Monterey, California A sea lion is any of several marine mammals of the family Otariidae. Sea lions are characterized by the presence of external ear pinnae or flaps, long front flippers, and the ability to walk on four flippers... sea lion shows, although these are expected to be discontinued in the near future.


A recent expansion to the aquarium is an additional building housing a 3-D IMAX (for Image Maximum) is a film projection system which has the capacity to display images of far greater size and resolution than conventional film display systems. A standard IMAX screen is 22 m wide and 16 m high, but can be larger. IMAX is the most successful large-format... Imax theatre and a cafeteria.


The aquarium staff often participates in rescue efforts for stranded sea mammals.


Location of the aquarium

The New England Aquarium is located on Aquarium Wharf along Atlantic Avenue in Boston. The nearest This article describes subways as mass transit lines. For other uses see subway (disambiguation). Subway describes a rapid transit line that is at least partly underground. Subway also describes an actual underground structure or tunnel used by mass transit vehicles. The term is most commonly used in the U.S... subway stop is Aquarium/Financial District Station of the MBTA, is a station on the Blue Line. Above ground, the exits are located in the Financial District at Atlantic Avenue and State Street near International Place. Categories: Boston subway ... Aquarium Station on the The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a quasi-governmental organization formed in 1964 that controls the subway, bus, commuter rail, and ferry systems in the Boston, Massachusetts area. Originally it was called the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or the MTA, as immortalized in the popular folk-protest lament The MTA... MBTA's The Blue Line is one of the four subway lines of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. It extends from Wonderland Station in Revere in the north to Bowdoin Street near Beacon Hill in Boston in the south. It meets the Green Line at Government Center and the Orange Line at... Blue Line, but the aquarium is only a short walk from the Haymarket Station is a MBTA station on the Green and Orange lines, located at the corner of Congress and New Sudbury St. Transfer between the Green and Orange Lines is possible here. Attractions Haymarket Farmers Market (seasonal) Faneuil Hall New England Aquarium New England Holocaust Memorial North End Quincy... Haymarket Station on the The Orange Line is one of the four subway lines of the MBTA. It extends from Forest Hills in Jamaica Plain, Boston in the south to Oak Grove in Malden, Massachusetts in the north. It meets the Red Line at Downtown Crossing, the Blue Line at State Street, and the... Orange and the The Green Line is one of the four MBTA subway lines in the Boston, Massachusetts metro area. It runs in part over the Tremont Street Subway, the oldest subway tunnel in North America, which opened in stages between September 1, 1897 and September 3, 1898. The elevated line between the... Green Lines. The Aquarium is located within walking distance of the Categories: Stub | Boston neighborhoods ... North End, Government Center is a city square and plaza in Boston, Massachusetts, bounded by Cambridge, Court, Congress, and Sudbury Streets. The anchoring square, Scollay Square, is at the triple intersection of Court, Cambridge, and Tremont Streets. It is the location of Boston City Hall, a major MBTA subway interchange station, and... Government Center, and the Financial District.


External links

  • New England Aquarium home page (http://www.neaq.org/index.flash4.html)

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New England Aquarium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (752 words)
The New England Aquarium, located in Boston, Massachusetts is one of the most prominent and popular public aquariums in the United States.
In front of the Aquarium is a harbor seal exhibit.
The New England Aquarium's marine mammals participate in daily training sessions that are open for public viewing.
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