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Feeling tropical: Hold on, people. Don’t despair because it’s snowing outside in Boston. Again. Here’s a tropical blue tang for your enjoyment!
This guy is just one of hundreds of colorful tropical fish doing their thing in the Giant Ocean Tank.

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Feeling tropical: Hold on, people. Don’t despair because it’s snowing outside in Boston. Again. Here’s a tropical blue tang for your enjoyment!

This guy is just one of hundreds of colorful tropical fish doing their thing in the Giant Ocean Tank.

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Visitor Pictures: The harlequin tuskfish is one of the flashier fish in an exhibit filled with showstoppers.

We’re so glad you brought your camera, morsmorde.

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Shades of gray: Ever notice how even the plain ol’ gray fish at the Aquarium are still strikingly beautiful?

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Ursula the fur seal takes a moment to groom her beautiful coat #seals #ocean #animals #furry

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Ursula the fur seal takes a moment to groom her beautiful coat #seals #ocean #animals #furry

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Leidy’s comb jellies: These jellies have tiny cilia that ripple and reflect light while moving these beautiful blobs around their exhibit. WATCH: video of their relatives, Beroe jellies, enjoying a snack.

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Visitor Art! We love it when visitors share their pictures, and we really love it when they share their inspired artworks. Enjoy! (And here’s an earlier round-up of Aquarium-inspired art.) 

Thanks beesybot.

I went to the New England Aquarium earlier this year and took over a hundred photos of the jellyfish alone (don’t even get me started on the cephalopods…those will be a whole different post).

Here is one of the original photographs I took and a corresponding papercut I made based on the photo.

I’m really happy with how the cut vellum layer worked as a shadow layer (though, I kind of wish I’d kept the tentacles long enough to go off of the page or maybe mounted it on a smaller piece of cardstock - oh well, maybe next time).

Enjoy your cnidarian for the day!

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Visitor Pictures: What a handsome guy. Isaac the Northern fur seal is named for a famous singer. Can you guess who?

Peasants

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Visitor Pictures: What a handsome guy. Isaac the Northern fur seal is named for a famous singer. Can you guess who?

Peasants

(Source: suchaprettynightmare)

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She’s ready for her close-up now (Nassau grouper from the Giant Ocean Tank)

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She’s ready for her close-up now (Nassau grouper from the Giant Ocean Tank)

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More from the Living Corals exhibit: If you think this fish is colorful, check out this fish.

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More from the Living Corals exhibit: If you think this fish is colorful, check out this fish.

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Keeping cool (even in the winter): Penguins expose the highly vascularized undersides of their wings when they’re looking to cool off a bit. But wait, there’s more! Learn some of the other ways that penguins thermoregulate in this classic blog post.

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Keeping cool (even in the winter): Penguins expose the highly vascularized undersides of their wings when they’re looking to cool off a bit. But wait, there’s more! Learn some of the other ways that penguins thermoregulate in this classic blog post.

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Best of 2013

The Giant Ocean Tank was drained, gutted and then adorned with the latest technology, bejeweled with a colorful new reef and populated with diverse and colorful animals from the Caribbean. This is, of course, the crowning achievement of 2013…and one that will be enjoyed throughout 2014 and beyond.

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We’re so close to 1K followers on Instagram—high five, guys!
Sea star 101

Hey if you instagram follow the Aquarium OK

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We’re so close to 1K followers on Instagram—high five, guys!

Sea star 101

Hey if you instagram follow the Aquarium OK

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This could be an art installation. But it’s not. The goosefish’s egg veil is a temporary addition to her exhibit at the New England Aquarium. You’re looking at several hundred thousand eggs, bound together in a gelatinous sheet that gracefully billows through her exhibit, which she laid just a couple days ago.

Find pictures, video and more information

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WATCH: Garden eels live in colonies, each in their own sandy burrow. Watch one of the eels find its home moments after being introduced to their new exhibit. More information on the Exhibits Blog

Freak out.