Who says Halloween is just for kids? Our harbor seal seems pretty intrigued by the pictured pumpkin, but don’t let this photo fool you. The gourd isn’t a mere toy for our mighty mammal: the fleshy fruit serves as an enrichment tool, one of many used to exercise the muscles and minds of our animals. Join us this weekend for our annual Halloween extravaganza: Ascarium.
Look closely, and you’ll see that the Peters' elephantnose fish possesses an almost snout-like body part, which accounts for its name. The protrusion is actually an extension of the creature's mouth, used in a variety of situations, including self-defense. Have you spotted ours at Explore the Shore?
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On Saturday, October 6, we’re hosting the WCS Run for the Wild on Coney Island. This year’s 5k fun-run benefits walruses—marine mammals confronting challenges that range from climate change to habitat loss. If you can’t join us, support runners or donate here: http://bit.ly/Oe4cr4.
Why do four-eyed fish have double vision? To simultaneously see above and below the surface of the water, where they prefer to dwell. In actuality, their name is a bit of a misnomer: these Latin American creatures only possess two eyes, but each one is divided into separate parts to allow hyper-effective eyesight.
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