Fish of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean
This 25,000 gallon exhibit features a variety of sea life native to the waters off of NJ, and the rest of the Mid-Atlantic region. The inhabitants all ranging in size, include Cownose rays, Lookdowns, Permit, Gagg Grouper, Black Drum, Gray Snapper, Blue Runners; just to name a few and don’t forget Groman, our Loggerhead Sea Turtle.
The ocean contains untold numbers of strange and bizarre creatures. In this series of aquaria we showcase some of the interesting, and unusual, organisms from oceans around the world. The animals in these tanks are occasionally rotated to display a wider variety of oceanic fauna.
In this tank you can view our moray eels. While many people are familiar with the green moray, like the one in this display, moray eels come is a range of sizes, colors, and patterns.
Live Coral Tank
This exhibit contains a mixture of stony and soft corals native to both the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific. Coral reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, housing tens of thousands of marine species. Approximately one-third of all marine species live a part of their lives on coral reefs.
The Reef Predator exhibit displays many of the predatory fish associated with coral and offshore reefs. Many of these fish would naturally prey on the smaller reef fish species displayed in the other exhibits. Puffers, wrasses and trigger and a grouper all call this tank home.
Tropical Shark Touch Tank
Get up close and personal with sharks! In our Tropical Shark Touch Tank you have the opportunity to touch Whitespotted Bamboo Sharks, Marbled Sharks and Epaulette Sharks. These species of sharks are found mostly in the tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean. They are all members of the Catshark Family which are bottom dwelling species. A notable characteristic of these sharks are the whiskers or barbels on their mouths which help them locate food that may be buried. In addition to our sharks we have invertebrates that include a Sea Star that resembles a chocolate chip cookie!
Jellyfish are commonly known to be a potentially hazardous animal, with their capability to inflict painful stings. What isn’t as widely known is just how diverse this group is. Jellies can be large, like the Lion’s Mane Jelly, or so small as to nearly be invisible, like some of the very small and potentially deadly box jellies of the South Pacific. The Moon Jellies in this display get up to the size of a dinner plate and are relatively harmless to humans due to their small stinging cells, unless found in large numbers.
Clownfish and Anemone Tank
This tank is home to different species of clownfish including Ocellaris (like in Finding Nemo), Clarkii, Maroon, and Tomato clownfish. Sharing the tank with the clownfish are Long Tentacle and Bubble Tip Anemones. The clownfish and anemone have developed a very special relationship which is known as Symbiosis. Symbiosis comes from the Ancient Greek σύν “together” and βίωσις “living”. The clownfish and anemone rely on each other in order to live and survive.
Mid-Atlantic Coastal Zone
The Intertidal Zone is an area of the shore that is alternately submerged and exposed by tides, basically where the land and sea meet. This presents a unique set of challenges for the organisms that live there. Extreme fluctuations in moisture level, heat, salinity, and sunlight make it a habitat suitable for only a few species. In this interactive exhibit we encourage our visitors to touch a variety of local intertidal organisms. Here you can expect to find horseshoe crabs, sea urchins, and whelks to name a few.
Diamondback Terrapin Territory
Typical of the local estuarine environment, the water in this tank is brackish, meaning that it is a mix of fresh and salt water. Fish such as Perch and Killifish are able to live in both, as does the Diamondback Terrapin.
Stingray Touch Tank
In this interactive exhibit you have the opportunity to see and touch some of our juvenile Cownose stingrays. You may find that they are watching you too!
Rainforests cover 6% of earth’s surface but house over half of the worlds plant and animal species. Rainforests are very dense, warm, wet forests. They are havens for millions of plants and animals. Rainforests are extremely important in the ecology of the Earth. The plants of the rainforest generate much of the Earth’s oxygen. These plants are also very important to people in other ways; many are used in new drugs that fight disease and illness. In our tropical rainforest exhibit you can find animals such as, and the Matamata Turtle, Motoro Rays, and Iguanas just to name a few.
The Mullica River-Great Bay estuary is about a 50 mile- long river in southern New Jersey. The Mullica was once known as the Little Egg Harbor River. The river provides one of the principal drainages into the Atlantic Ocean of the extensive Pinelands (Pine Barrens). It’s estuary on Great Bay is considered one of the least-disturbed marine wetlands habitats in the northeastern United States. The Great Bay is a productive estuary and supports a diversity of fish species and contains nesting habitat for ospreys and bald eagles. It is also an important nursery area for the region’s blue crab and hard shell clam fisheries. Our Mullica River Tank is a freshwater tank that is typical of local cedar-water tributaries of the Pine Barrens (Stained brown from the tannins released by rotting vegetation).
The Amazon River has the greatest freshwater output of any river in the world, and is home to an incredible diversity of life. Our exhibit is much smaller, but it does provide a glimpse of a fish species native to the Amazon. The Red-bellied Piranha is one of the approximately 30 species of piranhas only found in the Amazon River basin. Piranhas have a reputation of being the most ferocious freshwater fish. In reality, they are timid scavengers fulfilling a role similar to vultures on land.
Situated between the Indian and Pacific oceans, the continent of Australia is roughly 3 million square miles in size. Its six different climatic zones give Australia a wide variety of habitats. Here at the aquarium you can see 2 animals that live in 2 of those habitats; the outback and the dense forests and jungles.