The National Aquarium is educating guests, entertaining them … and maybe creeping them out a bit. “Icky, Creepy, Slimy, Cool,” the Aquarium’s newest, most goosebump-raising Immersion Tour, brings guests face to face – or perhaps that’s tentacle to tentacle – with some of the oddest and most interesting species that make their homes at the Aquarium. On special Saturdays throughout this winter and beyond, brave guests (ages 8 and up) can join the Aquarium’s knowledgeable staff members as they guide visitors through popular exhibits and also take them behind the scenes – where few dare to slither – to get up close and personal with some of the most distinctively creepy and delightfully icky species on earth.
During the two-hour “Icky, Creepy, Slimy, Cool” Immersion Tour, guests will be privy to the habits, habitats, traits and quirks of bats, bugs, cephalopods (octopus and their peers), crocodiles, eels, jellyfish, sharks, snakes and more. From the sharp-shooting archer fish, which spits its grasshopper prey out of trees with amazing precision, to the amorphous, slippery tickle of moon jellies, the Aquarium is home to an astounding array of reptiles, fish and insects that guests might not think they want to get up close with, but totally should! “Icky, Creepy, Slimy, Cool” will expose visitors to sharks that walk the ocean bottom, fish than can creep on land, turtles with the snouts of pigs or necks like snakes, eerie electric eels and wildly colored – and unexpectedly mighty – mantis shrimp. Participants may have the opportunity to aid in the feeding of some of the Aquarium’s toothier residents (crocodile availability allowing) and will be able to meet, touch and feel some of the slimiest animals around, all while keeping an eye out for free-flying bats. From high in the air to the deepest depths of the ocean, if it spits, screeches or slithers, the “Icky, Creepy, Slimy, Cool” Immersion Tour is the best way for visitors to get to see a different side of these amazing animals.
As the name suggests, the National Aquarium’s Immersion Tours put small groups of guests into the center of the action, exploring the Aquarium’s exhibits in ways general guests don’t see them and allowing for one-of-a-kind, interactive experiences. On this tour, for example, there’s the possibility of handling and feeding available animals. Immersion Tours must be booked in advance through the Aquarium’s website or by calling the Aquarium directly and include all-day admission and readmission (with hand stamp) to all of the Aquarium’s exhibits and presentations beyond the time parameters of the tour. Each guest on this tour will also get an icky, creepy souvenir. The “Icky, Creepy, Slimy, Cool” tour is for guests ages 8 and older and are currently available to visitors on the following Saturday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m.: January 9 and 16; February 13 and 27; and March 5, 19 and 26.