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!
A flame shrimp was added to our Surviving Through Adaptation exhibit. This species of "cleaner shrimp" is commonly found throughout Indo-Pacific reefs, where they make their homes in small caves of coral.
Cleaner shrimp are omnivorous, feeding mostly on the parasites they clean off their reef neighbors. Oftentimes, these shrimp will congregate in "cleaning stations," where fish, sea turtles and other reef dwellers will come to have parasites removed!
This is an example of a symbiotic relationship: the shrimp clean the animal of uncomfortable parasites and in return gets the food it needs to survive!
Check back next week to see what's new!