It’s a yearly tradition for every kid in school: Picture Day! We decided to have a little bit of fun with our own version of the class of 2017-2018…
If she decided to run for AAQ class president it would really be no surprise. Resident loggerhead sea turtle, Bob, is sort of the diva of Ocean Realm. She is the 3rd largest animal at the aquarium, behind the Nile hippos, Genny and Button. Bob enjoys cruising around the 760,000-gallon Ocean Realm exhibit, eating nutritious snacks like romaine and fish as well as taking naps beneath the porthole windows of Sea Turtle Cove. Be sure to say hi to her at the panoramic window the next time you visit!
Genny is 1/2 of the duo of Nile hippos that reside in Adventure Aquarium’s Hippo Haven. Genny is younger than her roommate Button but she’s about 1,000 pounds bigger weighing in at over 4,000 lb. When she’s not napping underwater or snacking on leafy greens, Genny loves photobombing guests – seriously, check Instagram. Her fun-loving and big personality makes her a no brainer class clown contender.
Sandbar sharks, also known as brown sharks, are native to our area and can be found right off the Jersey coastline. The sandbar sharks live in Shark Realm, along with sand tiger, nurse and black tip sharks. Like many other shark species, sandbar sharks give birth to live young. Female sandbars can produce between one and 14 pups per litter.
Did you know Adventure Aquarium has the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast?
Our laughing kookaburra, Sydney, resides in Little Blue Beach and can be heard throughout the day making his manic laugh-like call. (Some think it sounds a bit like a monkey’s call). Sydney enjoys perching and watching guests walk by on their way to visit his neighbors, the little blue penguins.
Some people may see a clownfish and think Nemo. True, the Disney/Pixar character really put clownfish in the spotlight. While some may know that clownfish have a symbiotic relationship (meaning a close and long-term biological interaction between two different biological organisms) with sea anemone, they can only live in ten out of more than one thousand species of anemone. Clownfish have a mucus covering that protects them from the sting of the sea anemone’s tentacles. The territorial fish protects the anemone from anemone-eating fish, and in turn the stinging tentacles of the anemone protect the clownfish from its predators.
Kororaa is a member of our little blue penguin colony. She joined the group last year from New England Aquarium. Little blues are the smallest (and cutest) penguins in the world. Adventure Aquarium is just 1 of 6 facilities in the US to exhibit these birds! How cool is that?
We hope you enjoyed our Picture Day photos of some of our AAQ Animals. Be sure to say hello to each of them during your next visit!