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New England Aquarium
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Our newest IMAX film brings some of the ocean's tiniest animals to the massive screen. We're talking hermit crabs, basket stars, Christmas tree worms and more. Come see Secret Ocean 3D on New England's largest movie screen!

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The scale of life on a reef always amazed me.
You can spend your bottom time entertained by the macro - the swimming creatures as you glide over the reef, or you can settle by a single coral head and the closer you look the more you find.
Sitting at about 15 feet on a safety stop at the end of a dive next to a small coral head just larger than a basketball, I noticed the texture of small holes about the diameter of a pencil covering it.
Looking closer, I found each hole had a tiny face looking back at me!
The competition for space on the reef is revealed when you look at the micro. Coralline alga, encrusting sponge, tube worms - everything bumping into everything else as all available space is claimed as a toehold on the richest real estate there is - the reef.
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Explore our blue planet
From 200,000-gallon Caribbean reef exhibits to outdoor marine mammal exhibits to intimate freshwater habitats, come explore our blue planet here at the New England Aquarium.

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Commander meets the commander
Aquarium CEO Nigella Hillgarth introduced Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to Commander the fur seal today. Commander was recently introduced into the marine mammal center and is wowing visitors with his bulk—and his hand-flipper shake. See all the pictures from today's meeting on the News Blog:
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Whale it up!
If you're local, we have a ton of ways you can add some humpback whale to your weekend. #whales   #oceans   #animals   #boston  
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I wish I was local. That would be an amazing site! 
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ICYMI: Baby fish!
The newest residents of our four-story Caribbean reef exhibit did not grow up in the Caribbean. These smallmouth grunts were raised right here in New England! Learn about this exciting achievement in aquaculture here: #science   #fish   #babies  
The majority of the animals in the Giant Ocean Tank collection come from Aquarium expeditions to the Bahamas. (Certified divers are welcome to join us on these expeditions where we work with Bahamian wildlife officials to sustainably bring back fish.) These animals go through an incredible ...
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Add some whales to your weekend
Humpback Whales 3D takes movie goers into to indigo blue, where you can hear them call (the males only, actually), watch them feed and get front-row seats to see these graceful giants socialize. Tickets available online:
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The Biggest Babies of Springtime!
Right whale researchers have been keeping tabs on the coastal waters off the Southeastern U.S. Good news! There are 17 new reasons to hope for the recovery of the critically endangered N. Atlantic right whale. Meet the 2,000-lb babies, their moms and even the grandmothers on the Right Whale Research Blog.


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Commander: 400 pounds of handsome
This handsome Northern fur seal arrived from the Seattle Aquarium earlier this year. After a quarantine period, he's been spending more and more time on exhibit—much to our visitors' delight!

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first reaction was ewww sorry but thats how i felt was ewwwww
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Local Species Guide: Green Sea Urchin
Our local animal series continues with a look at this tidepool regular. Can you guess why this animal and its relatives are so unique in the animal kingdom? Find out here: 
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Leidy's comb jellies (Mnemiopsis leidyi)
Mnemiopsis jellies. Just the name is a mouthful. And do these jellies have a mouth! This local species is carnivorous, with complex feeding behaviors and feeding structures. Prepare to be amazed: #jellies   #oceans   #newengland   #animals  
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Debunking the #1 myth about Aquarium penguins
Maybe you've heard the rumor: Someone stole a penguin from the New England Aquarium! Well, never happened. Here's why: #penguins   #mythbusting  
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so cute <3
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Local Species: Atlantic sea nettle
These tentacles possess a potent sting, which is used against ctenophores, jellies and other zooplankton from the water column—and sometimes humans. Just how do these jellies deliver that sting? Find out here: #jellies   #jellyfish   #oceans   #animals   #animalfacts  
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1 Central Wharf Boston, MA 02110
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$$AquariumToday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmTuesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmWednesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmThursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmFriday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmSaturday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmSunday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Founded in 1969, the New England Aquarium is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. The Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston, with more than 1.3 million visitors a year, and a major public education resource.
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A giant glass tank spiraled by a multilevel walkway is the main draw at this waterfront attraction.- Google
"LOVE the seals and sea lions."
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"The shark and ray touch tank is really cool, and so is the central tank."
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a week ago
Amazing place and beautiful creatures. Apparently people don't realize you go for the experience, not the price and they don't realize what the money goes to. Anyways, amazing place I'd go 1000 more times if I could! Reasonable price for the great family experience!
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Andy Lee
a month ago
Visited the aquarium today with my two siblings. Overall, we had a great experience. There was a nice penguin exhibit at entrance, and we spent a few hours exploring the aquarium. We saw a few feedings, and experienced a few touch tanks. Overall, the aquarium is smaller than others I have visited, but it was a pleasant experience nevertheless on a cold wintery day. The only negative impression I have on this experience (the 4/5) is that it was extremely pricey. Tickets for each of us was $30 (included an imax show), and parking was $37. All in all, the three of us spent $127 (before taxes) to visit this aquarium.
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Jade Hall
2 months ago
Cute little aquarium, I was disappointed by the size but then again the last time I was at an aquarium I was 10. The coolest exhibit is outside before you even walk in, if you don't look to the left you would miss it. There is a tank of adorable sea lions in a tank out front - they love to show off and make faces at you! Don't miss this part! Inside the touch tank is fun lots of stingrays to play with and certainly touch the Sharks because their skin has a really wonderful texture. The big tank inside has a lot of fish but watching fish swim gets old quick. If you're lucky you will be there when they feed mertle the turtle, she's huge! All in all it's fun but the $25 entry price is way too high, drop it to $18. :)
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Lynn Julian
7 months ago
The New England Aquarium offers one of the largest tanks in the US, featuring an exciting variety of creatures sharing space in their man-made reef. A walkway circles the tank skyward, slowly elevating visitors to the top...where "Myrtle The Turtle" comes up for air. Be sure to climb the stairs at the very top to take in the bird's eye view down the center of their circular water world! TIP #1: Avoid the long lines of Summer and crowds of kids by going off-season: Sept.- May. It's most empty early in the morning. TIP #2: Become a member to attend quarterly after dark events. You MUST RSVP within hours of invitation to make the cut-off list! TIP #3: Print or pick up DISCOUNT COUPONS, from the library or the Internet, to reduce tickets to as little as $14 for two adults.
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I can (and have) spent hours with my nose pressed against the jellyfish exhibits at the aquarium, making faces at several species of penguin, and holding mock conversations with sea lions. Keep an eye out for Myrtle, the aquarium’s 550-pound, 45-year-old turtle in residence, and the cuttlefish tank -- a mini-Cthulhu and my personal favorite. If you have questions, aquarium staff give scheduled talks throughout the day.
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Emilia Diamant
6 months ago
Aquarium! So fun! If you are from out of town, GO TO THE NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM WHILE YOU ARE VISITING! Regardless of whether or not you have kids. You should go. The Aquarium is a complete experience, from when you are buying tickets and waving to the seals, to seeing the incredible penguins right when you walk in, through the back to the amazing sea lion pool, not to mention the fact that you can see fish every step of the way in the massive tank in the center of it all. It's not a cheap ticket, but worth it if you are from out of town. Bostonians, check out the BPL for discounted or free tickets--but reserve in advance. Hop over to James Hook for some chowder after you visit!
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Alex Mottern
6 months ago
Penguins! Free seals outside! More seals inside! 2 turtles! a touch tank! Really, not much else. The whale skeleton is cool, and there are some sharks, but most of the animals are in one huge tank... Whenever people visit me they seem to love it, but I know there are better aquariums out there...
Elizabeth R.
4 months ago
What a wonderful experience! The aquarium is huge and I could spend hours just wondering around. They just renovated the tank in the middle and it is full of interesting fish, sharks, and turtles. I would recommend getting tickets in advance if you are going on the weekend as the lines can be very long.