Animal Updates - July 18

Published July 19, 2013

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 WATERblog every Friday to find out what's going on... here's what's new this week!

We have a spotted spiny lobster in our Sensing exhibit!

Named for the cream spots found all over it's body, the spotted spiny lobster can be found in the warm waters of the Atlantic.

These reef-dwellers spend most of their time hidden, but come out at night to feed on smaller crustaceans and fish.

spotted spiny lobster

Did you know? Lobsters in cooler waters are generally larger in size than those in warmer waters. This species, which can be found throughout the Caribbean, only grows to be about 8 inches long.

Be sure to check back every Friday to find out what’s happening!

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