Animal Updates - March 8

Published March 08, 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 blog every Friday to find out what's going on... here's what's new this week!

Rainbow shiner fry!

Last month, the adult rainbow shiners in our Southern Stream exhibit began to "color up" and turn an electric blue. This is an indicator that they are ready to breed.

Rainbow shiner

The rainbow shiner will transform from its normal reddish coloration to an electric blue to signal that it's ready to breed!

Soon after their color change, our aquarist, Nick Little, observed many pairs spawning in hidden areas throughout the exhibit. After a couple of weeks of incubation, we now have fry in the exhibit!

rainbow shiner fry

Shiner fry!

This is the second time National Aquarium, Washington, DC, has successfully spawned and reared rainbow shiners!

Sailfin sculpin eggs

Our sailfin sculpins started laying eggs in mid-December and have continued to lay clutches almost weekly.

Sailfin sculpin eggs

Sailfin sculpin eggs

We hope to have sailfin sculpin fry swimming around the exhibit soon!

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

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