Tuesday, December 16, 2014

10 Eye-catching animals at the Aquarium

There are literally thousands of animals at the Aquarium, and we think they're all pretty eye-catching in their own way. But some species tend to tug on those eyeballs more than others. So when you're planning your visit to the Aquarium (ooh, ooh! here are some handy visiting tips), be sure to add these animals to your must-see list.

1. Seadragons
Weedy seadragons and their cousins, the leafy seadragons, are Australia natives and masters of camouflage.

2. Sea turtles
There are three species in the Giant Ocean Tank: Kemp's ridley, loggerhead and green sea turtles.
Loggerhead (foreground) and green (Myrtle in the background) here, bonus if you get all three in one picture!

 3. Giant Pacific octopus
Her name is Elvira and she's the most marveled-at resident of the Northern Waters gallery.
Especially when she does stuff like this.

4. Harbor seals
These blubbery athletes are the first animals you'll see on the Aquarium's Front Plaza.
Don't miss a training session for a chance to see their smarts on display.

5. Penguins
More than 80 birds, three species and a whole lot of squawking happening in the Penguin Exhibit

6. Sea lions
These two. So much spunk.

7. Moon jellies
Brainless blobs that happen to be incredibly photogenic

8. Cownose rays
So many smiles in The Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank

9. Mandarinfish
Even as tropical fish go, this guy is a show stopper.

 10. Poison Dart Frogs
Teensy animals can be eye-catching, too—if you know where to look. Look for these vibrant
amphibians in the Amazon Rainforest exhibits.

And there you have it, 10 of the most eye-catching animals you'll find at the Aquarium. Did your favorite animal make the list? Go ahead and comment if you have another suggestion! We'd love to hear which animals tickle your fancy. Need a refresher? Plan a visit! Here are some tips for planning your trip during the upcoming holiday school vacation period.

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