Friday, June 4, 2010

Newport's "Bizarre and Beautiful"

This past weekend, the Newport Aquarium upgraded its "Bizarre and Beautiful" exhibit of rarely-seen deep-sea creatures. Over a dozen new species have been added, including the electric flame scallop (pictured above) and the Japanese spider crab (pictured below).

The centerpiece of the exhibit, however, remains their famous giant Pacific octopus, which they keep on display in two aquarium tanks which connect by see-through tubes - and the octopus can move from tank to tank by squeezing through them.

Reportedly, the new and improved exhibit also gives children better access by putting some of the tanks closer to the floor at kid-height.

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