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Santa with boy sit next to Christmas tree Santa at the Aquarium is always a fun event. Photo credit: Woods Hole Science Aquarium.

black grouper in a large tank A black grouper is one of many fish species on display at the Woods Hole Science Aquarium. Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries/Shelley Dawicki, NEFSC

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December 13, 2017
Contact: Shelley Dawicki

Santa to Visit Woods Hole Science Aquarium December 16

Santa Claus will make his annual visit to the Woods Hole Science Aquarium on Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 12 to 2 p.m. The Aquarium, operated by NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center, is located at 166 Water Street in Woods Hole and will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to chat and have their picture taken with Santa. Light snacks will be served.

The Aquarium's live collection includes species of marine fish and invertebrates that are found in waters off the Northeastern U.S., including some tropical species that are carried north by currents as well as invasive species like the lionfish.

Exhibits highlighting some of the Science Center’s research programs include the interactive “Sounds of the Sea” display featuring whale and other marine animal sounds. Other educational exhibits feature science at sea, sea turtles and lobsters as well as information about endangered species and marine environments. A new addition to the exhibits is Voices from the Fisheries, which features oral histories from fishermen and others in the fishing industry talking about the work, families, communities and the marine environment.

Programs operated at the Aquarium in partnership with the Marine Biological Laboratory include those for marine animal health, summer internships for high school students, and special exhibits.

The Aquarium is open year-round Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed Sundays and Mondays, and all federal holidays. The public aquarium is a federal facility and will be closed December 25 and January 1 (which are both Mondays). Admission is free; however, donations are accepted.

The Woods Hole Science Aquarium, the oldest public marine aquarium in the United States, has been part of the federal fisheries laboratory in Woods Hole since 1875, four years after Spencer Baird of the U.S Commission on Fish and Fisheries, who also served as assistant secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, established a summer research station on Little Harbor. A much larger, permanent marine science laboratory complex was completed in 1885 on Water Street, site of the current facilities on Great Harbor.
The Woods Hole fisheries laboratory was the first marine research station in the United States.

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