Sunday, March 17, 2013

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day with All Things Green

How could we let this greenest of holidays pass without shouting out about some of our awesome green animals! Let's start with one of the more humble animals at the Aquarium—the green sea anemone.

These invertebrates can be found in the Northern Waters Gallery on Level 3. Many of them are decades old! They get their green color from tiny photosynthetic animals and plants living in their tissues. So as long as there's nice bright lights or sunshine around, these guys will glow green.

One of the heavy-weights of the green team is the green anaconda. And we mean heavy-weights: Some weigh more than 500 pounds! You'll find these guys in the Amazon Rainforest exhibit.

These reptiles swallow their food whole after coiling around their prey and squeezing it so tightly that it can no longer breath. There's lots more to these snakes, too, like why they never blink and how often do they shed their skin.

But who could forget Myrtle, the green sea turtle. She is the undisputed queen of the Aquarium, now cruising the Tropical Ocean Exhibit on Level 1. This old lady is around 80 years old now, though it's believed these turtles can live to be over 100. So she has many St. Patrick's Days ahead of her!

Hope you celebrated this green holiday with good friends and a touch of green. If you need to add a little more green in your day, come visit the green sea turtle, green anaconda and green sea anemones at the Aquarium! Special construction pricing is in effect (so you'll also save some green, too).

Also, be sure to head over to the Marine Animal Rescue Team Blog to celebrate St. Patrick's day with the rescued green sea turtles.

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