Animal Update - May 24

Published May 24, 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!

Longjaw squirrelfish

We have a longjaw squirrelfish in our Sensing gallery!

longjaw squirrelfish

Found in the Western Atlantic, the longjaw squirrelfish makes its home in the deeper waters of coral reef ecosystems. As a primarily nocturnal species, the squirrelfish rely on their large, "squirrel-like" eyes to navigate the reefs at night!

Did you know? Squirrelfish have venomous spines near their gill openings that can inflict serious wounds on potential predators.

Squirrelfish are also known for being able to produce sounds with their swimbladders, which they use as a form of intra-specific communication.

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

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