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May 9, 2019
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May 18 is Endangered Species Day at Woods Hole Science Aquarium

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Species in the Spotlight sign
Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries
Visitors learn about right whales through hands-on activities and exhibits
Visitors learn about right whales through exhibits and hands-on activities at an Endangered Species Day event at the Woods Hole Science Aquarium. Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries/Shelley Dawicki

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Rare Marine Species Get the Star Treatment

Saturday, May 18, is all about North Atlantic right whales, sea turtles and Atlantic salmon – three endangered species found off our coast. NOAA’s Woods Hole Science Aquarium will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in recognition of National Endangered Species Day to showcase what’s being done to recover these rare animals.

Young visitor learns about Atlantic salmon
A young visitor learns about Atlantic salmon. Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries/Shelley Dawicki
 2019 is the International Year of the Salmon
2019 is the International Year of the Salmon. Image credit: NOAA Fisheries

2019 is International Year of the Salmon

A variety of special displays, exhibits and hands-on activities will be offered from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for Endangered Species Day. Scientists conducting research on sea turtles, North Atlantic right whales, and Atlantic salmon will be on hand to talk with visitors about their research. A new Agents of Discovery app, Sea-Run,GO!, will be available to visitors to learn more about Atlantic salmon as we celebrate the International Year of the Salmon in 2019. You can download the app to your phone in advance from the App Store. Staff will be on hand to help you locate the mission and to answer questions.

The Aquarium features approximately 95 species of animals of the Northeast and Middle Atlantic region, as well as a behind-the-scenes touch tank where visitors may find spider crabs, hermit crabs, whelks, as well as other animals found in local waters.

National Endangered Species Day is held 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).

Visitor Information

The Woods Hole Science Aquarium, the nation’s oldest public marine aquarium, is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed federal holidays). It will be open on Saturday, May 18, for this special event.

No off-street public parking is available; 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 508-495-2267, or visit the Aquarium web site.