Watch! Into the Abyss
National Geographic Channel
Saturday, March 14, 9 p.m. EST
At the heart of the Coral Triangle, in an area of the ocean cradled by the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia lies an abundance of life that rivals the tropical rainforests in species richness. This is the Celebes Sea, and the sunlit waters found here boast the highest biodiversity of marine species of any of the oceans light zones. But scientists suspect that the shallow parts of the Celebes Sea only hint at what might be lurking in the abyss a gorge reaching depths of over 20,000 feet below. Now, National Geographic photographer and explorer Dr. Emory Kristof and a team of scientists, including the Aquarium's own Dr. Greg Stone, attempt the first-ever descent into this mysterious basin. But is this really a place that spawns bizarre new life, or will the forbidding expanse prove barren and empty? Watch Into the Abyss to travel with Dr. Stone and the rest of the team, in the hopes of learning the truth about this Crucible of Life.
Before the special airs, you can follow the journey day-by-day by reading the expedition's blog, Exploring the Inner Space of the Celebes Sea.
This Octopus Thinks Inside the Box
The octopus is known to be smart, strong and flexible, but Truman, a one-and-a-half-year-old octopus at the Aquarium, surprised and impressed staff and visitors by squeezing his seven-foot-long body into a 14-inch box in pursuit of a tasty treat!
Truman's caretaker had come up with what was supposed to be a typical feeding session designed to keep Truman active and challenged. He locked some crabs in a small clear cube and placed it into a larger cube in Truman's tank, intending for Truman to release both locks. Instead, the impatiently hungry octopus squeezed his eight muscular legs and large head through a two-inch hole in the exterior box! Truman then worked to undo the latch on the smaller cube and, triumphant, enjoyed his lunch.
Watch a slideshow of this remarkable event; it's the first time this behavior has ever been witnessed and photographed at the Aquarium!
St. Patrick's Day, Aquarium-Style
You might have grown up listening to old-time Irish bands on St. Patrick's Day, but in 2009 the only way to show off that Irish pride is by getting up-close and personal with U2. Since it's a little too late to book Bono for a private concert, the next best thing is U2 3D, which puts you right on stage with U2 during their Vertigo tour. For anyone who's Irish--and everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day--the only way to celebrate the holiday's festivities is to rock along to music by the world's favorite Irish band while watching them on the largest screen in New England. The film's 3D graphics are so realistic that you stand face-to-face with the band as drum sticks, guitars and Bono's signature sunglasses appear close enough to touch. The Aquarium's Simons IMAX Theatre even serves beer.
U2 3D plays Saturdays at 7 p.m.
April 3-5, 2009
Hynes Convention Center, Boston
Find out how to incorporate Earth-friendly products and actions into your life at Down:2:Earth, a marketplace for eco-friendly products, a public stage for community initiatives, and a sustainability education forum. Visit the Aquarium's booth for blue lifestyle tips, including how to make ocean-friendly seafood choices. Plus, you can enter to win a free Aquarium membership, harbor seal training session or behind-the-scenes tour! Stop by Saturday around 2 p.m. to catch a sustainable seafood cooking demonstration by our expert chefs, and make sure to try out some food samples from local restaurants, including the Aquarium, at the Local Bites Preview Party on Friday night. (Proceeds support the Aquarium's Sustainable Seafood Program!)
Sit, Lumpfish, Sit!
Our trainers have Blondie, a lumpfish, jumping through hoops to get a snack--literally! Watch Blondie do spins, push a lightweight ball around a tank and swim through hoops on the Marine Mammal Blog.
Sea Turtles: SVU
Orion, one of the endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles that stranded on Cape Cod last winter, is responding well to treatment at the Aquarium's Sea Turtle Recovery Room, but one of his lungs recently showed signs of an infection. Check out Orion's X-rays, get a peek at his lungs and watch our veterinary staff guide him back to health on the Sea Turtle Rescue Blog.
Spotlight on Research
The Aquarium's Right Whale Research Team has had an incredibly busy season, which is both the good news and the bad. The team is seeing a record-breaking number of moms and calves swimming in the southeastern U.S. birthing grounds. However, the survey teams have documented five newly entangled whales carrying fixed-fishing rope from as far away as Canada. This is the highest number of serious entanglements documented in such a short period of time, and this development is truly alarming for the right whale population.
Take a Moment
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Please make a donation online today!
Now Playing at the Simons IMAX Theatre
New! Under the Sea
Dinner and a Movie
Love is in the air this spring, and the Aquarium wants to make sure the perfect date night doesn't empty your wallet. Enjoy an evening of culture, entertainment and great food, all at a great price. Watch our newest IMAX film, Van Gogh: Brush with Genius, and discover the passionate brushwork of a great genius as it comes to life before your eyes. Then, show your Simons IMAX Theatre ticket stubs at conveniently located Sel de la Terre to receive 15 percent off your total bill.
Van Gogh opens April 1 and will play at every night at 7 p.m.
Junior Detectives: Seals
Advanced Detectives: Sensational Seaweed
Aquarium Lecture Series
The Causes and Consequences of Coral Decline and Some Potentially Encouraging Trends
Junior Detectives: Sharks
Advanced Detectives: Lobsters
Aquarium Lecture Series
Aquarium Lecture Series
Earth Day Celebration Beach Cleanup
Marine World in the News