Press Release


Seahorses: Unbridled Fun Opens April 9th

Most interactive seahorse exhibit in the country

April 7, 2016 - NEWPORT, Ky. - The highly anticipated Seahorses: Unbridled Fun exhibit opens to the public this Saturday, April 9, 2016. Seahorses: Unbridled Fun is being hailed as the most interactive seahorse exhibit in the country. Guests will discover 10 species of seahorses, sea dragons, trumpetfish, razorfish and pipefish.  View B-roll and photographs here.

 “With a head like a horse, snout like an aardvark and belly pouch like a kangaroo, seahorses are extraordinary animals,” said Chris Pierson, director of husbandry at Newport Aquarium. “The way this exhibit’s viewing tanks are designed, guests will really be able to get up-close to them and see their unique physical features.”

Seahorses are very difficult to see up-close in nature due to their ability to blend, chameleon-like, into their surroundings. In the exhibit, guests will see, touch, and explore the fascinating characteristics of seahorses. Guests will be immersed in the world of seahorses with something new to discover around every corner. 

The Most Interactive Seahorse Exhibit in the Country

Seahorses: Unbridled Fun features rare video of seahorses and their most unusual behaviors, which guests will see on a High Definition, large projection screen. Children of all ages will be allowed to interact with large seahorse sculptures that highlight unique physical characteristics. Another interactive element of the exhibit is the ability to create your own unique seahorse or sea dragon using custom technology. Free WiFi is available through Cincinnati Bell’s Connect Cincinnati mobile app. Guests will engage with a “Seek & Find” throughout the exhibit, following clues to discover seahorses hidden in the coral reef along the walls.

Conservation Story

Often regarded as the ocean’s greeters, seahorses and sea dragons are found in coastal ecosystems, and protecting them also helps many other marine species. The exhibit will highlight various habitats they live in and share stories about the threats they face in the wild. Visitors will also learn what they can do to help protect their habitat. By working to save them, we are working to ensure the marine ecosystems they live in also are healthy and well-managed. 

“Seahorses live in some of the most at-risk habitats in the world like coral reefs and sea grass beds,” said Ric Urban, chief conservation officer for Newport Aquarium. “They are an indicator species. If the habitat is healthy, seahorses are seen in abundance and thriving. If the habitat has environmental threats, there will be few to no seahorses.”  

Seahorses: Unbridled Fun is located between the aquarium’s Shore Gallery and the Dangerous and Deadly exhibit.