Animal Update - October 5

Published October 05, 2012

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 new porcupinefish in our Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit! 

We have a new porcupinefish Diodon hystrix in our Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit! You can easily spot our newest addition, Gizmo, because she is the smallest of our three porcupinefish in the reef.

Did you know? A porcupinefish can grow to a maximum length of 3 feet!

Porcupinefish, also known as blowfish or pufferfish, are found in shallow temperate and tropical seas worldwide. They range in color from olive to brown, with a pale underside and dark spots over the entire body.

Porcupinefish inflate their body by swallowing water or air. They almost double in size to reduce the range of potential predators!

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

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