NEW ANIMAL HIGHLIGHTS

Here are just some of the amazing new animals you’ll meet on your next visit to Newport Aquarium!

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ROCKFISH – SIX NEW SPECIES!

Two dozen Rockfish – including six new species – are now exploring their new home in the Pacific Coast Tunnel located between the Shore Gallery and the Seahorse Gallery. Scientists have identified 100 species of Rockfish and they are all different shapes, sizes and color patterns. On your next visit, have fun exploring the Pacific Coast Tunnel and discovering the differences between the new Rockfish, like the Honeycomb Rockfish pictured.

Dwarf Seahorses

Celebrate a special delivery of 140 Dwarf Seahorses, including 105 newborn fry! Their name really sizes them up! Dwarf Seahorses are one of the smallest species of seahorse, measuring about ¼ inch at birth and up to 2 inches when fully grown. They have unique and muscular tails. In the wild, seahorses often wrap their tails around sea grass stems, coral heads, sponges or any other suitable objects when they need to anchor themselves. You can catch them hanging around in Seahorses: Unbridled Fun.

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Live Corals

You can now see a colony of colorful live corals in Seahorses: Unbridled Fun. Corals can be put into two categories: hard and soft. Hard corals have rigid skeletons which build up the structure of the reef. Soft corals don’t have a skeleton, so they grow on an existing reef. Coral reefs cover less than 1% of the ocean, but are home to almost 25% of all known marine species! Check out these amazing animals on your next visit and learn more about what you can do to help protect them!

GIANT PACIFIC OCTOPUS

Arriving on May the Fourth, this female Giant Pacific Octopus or GPO, is one of the newest residents to make her home at Newport Aquarium. After a routine quarantine, you can now find her exploring her new exhibit in Ring of Fire. Weighing in at only 4 pounds, she is a juvenile that still has quite a bit of growing to do. She is very inquisitive and loves working puzzles.

GIANT PACIFIC OCTOPUS! GIANT PACIFIC OCTOPUS!
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LIONFISH

NEW, young Lionfish have joined the jolly crew in Shipwreck: Realm of the Eels! Lionfish are highly adaptive and can live almost anywhere. But they can have a drastic negative effect on ecosystems where they’re not native because of their voracious, carnivorous appetites.

These stunningly beautiful fish glide gracefully through the water with their venomous spines fluttering as they move. Beautiful as they are, they’re among the deadliest fish in the world. Learn more about these fascinating fish and peer safely into their world on your next visit to Newport Aquarium. 

NEW RESIDENTS IN HATCHLING HARBOR

The Brand-New Hatchling Harbor is growing! New Caribbean Spiny Lobsters and Hermit Crabs are now joining in the fun in this bustling 25-foot-long habitat. Plus, meet baby animals growing and changing every day as you explore this busy corner of the Caribbean that lies between the shore and the reef. The longer you linger, the more this rich habitat will reveal!

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WEEDY SEA DRAGONS

They may look like plants, but the new Weedy Sea Dragons are actually related to seahorses! Their beautiful leafy appendages provide camouflage by resembling the plant life found throughout their habitat. When finding a potential mate, Weedy Sea Dragons use elaborate movements, mirror each other’s body language and even spiral around each other as part of the courtship process! You can catch them gracefully swimming in Seahorses: Unbridled Fun.

DECORATOR CRAB

Decorator Crabs collect things like algae, anemones and sponges from their habitat to use as camouflage. These little fashionistas attached these things to little hooked bristles on their shell to craft the perfect outfit! When the crab grows, it must shed its old shell in a process called molting and start collecting all over again. On your next visit, find the decorator crab in Shore Gallery right next to the touch tank and check out its newest ensemble!

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BABY ORINOCO CROCODILES

Meet 3 baby Orinoco Crocodiles, one of the rarest reptiles in the world! In partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Newport Aquarium is raising these young animals in their temporary home in Gator Alley. Once the babies grow-up to over 3 feet long, they’ll be transported back to Venezuela where they’ll help with breeding of wild populations of these critically endangered animals.

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