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Newport Aquarium announces new seahorse exhibit

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A new, interactive exhibit opening in April at the Newport Aquarium that will feature 10 species of seahorses, sea dragons, trumpetfish, shrimp and pipefish. 

Seahorses: Unbridled Fun is designed for guests to be completely immersed in the world of seahorses, according to the aquarium.

“Seahorses are very difficult to experience in nature due to their ability to blend, chameleon-like, into their surroundings,” said Chris Pierson, director of husbandry at Newport Aquarium. “The way this exhibit’s viewing tanks are designed, guests will really be able to get up-close to them and see their unique physical features, like most people have never seen them.”

The aquarium says the it will be the most interactive seahorse exhibit in the country.

“Seahorses and Sea Dragons are excellent animals to help advocate for ocean conservation,” said Ric Urban, chief conservation officer for Newport Aquarium.  “They live in some of the most at-risk habitats in the world like coral reefs and sea grass beds, and by working  to save them, we are working to ensure the marine ecosystems they live in also are healthy and well-managed,” he said.

The exhibit will be located between the aquarium’s Shore Gallery and the Dangerous and Deadly exhibit

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