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May 4, 2018
Contact: Shelley Dawicki

Celebrate Endangered Species Day May 19 at Woods Hole Science Aquarium

Saturday, May 19, is all about whales, sea turtles and Atlantic salmon - three endangered species found off our coast. NOAA’s Woods Hole Science Aquarium will be offering a special public event in recognition of National Endangered Species Day and showcasing what is being done to recover these rare animals.

"This is a chance for people of all ages to learn about endangered and protected species and the research we are conducting here at the Woods Hole Laboratory and at our Maine Field Station in Orono," said Kristy Owen of the Woods Hole Science Aquarium. The laboratory, aquarium and field station are part of NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC).

A variety of displays, exhibits and hands-on activities will be offered from noon to 2:00 p.m. Scientists conducting research on these species will be on hand to talk with visitors about their research.

The Aquarium features approximately 95 species of animals of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region, as well as a behind-the-scenes touch tank where visitors may find spider crabs, hermit crabs, sea urchins, whelks, mummichogs and small cunner among the animals found in local waters.

National Endangered Species Day is celebrated each year on the third Friday in May. The federal Endangered Species Act, signed into law in 1973, is administered by two federal agencies, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).

The Woods Hole Science Aquarium, the nation’s oldest public marine aquarium, is open year-round Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed federal holidays). No off-street public parking is available, but limited on-street metered parking provided by the Town of Falmouth is available nearby. Admission to the Aquarium is free, but donations are accepted for education and conservation programs.

For further information and directions, contact the Woods Hole Science Aquarium at 508-495-2001, or visit the Aquarium web site.

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