Saturday, May 18, 2013

Woods Hole Aquarium

Did you know that the country's oldest aquarium is located just down the road in Woods Hole?  The Woods Hole Science Aquarium was established in 1875 by Spencer Baird, the first US Fisheries Commissioner.  Today, it is owned by the federal government and operated by the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in partnership with the Marine Biological Laboratories.

The Aquarium is a "Must See" during your visit to Falmouth and Woods Hole, with more than 140 species from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic waters; exhibit cases with skulls, bones and teeth; and information about endangered species, marine life and environments, and marine resource management.  Children especially love the touch tanks, where they can observe up-close lobsters, quahogs, several varieties of crabs, and sea stars (starfish). Because it is very much a working aquarium, visitors can watch as staff feed the animals, clean the tanks and maintain the life support systems.

Try and plan your visit around the feeding of the harbor seals, which occurs at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on most days.  Bumper and LuSeal, two of Woods Hole's most famous and popular residents, are non-releasable harbor seals, and enjoy performing for visitors to the Aquarium.

Named by Cape Cod Life as the Upper Cape's #1 rainy day activity, the Aquarium is open year round, Tuesday - Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on federal holidays.  It is located at 166 Water Street, Woods Hole.  Call 508-495-2001 for more information

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