ON EXHIBIT AT THE
BALTIMORE NATIONAL AQUARIUM
|The display at right depicts a rain forest at the edge of the Amazon River during the rainy season. When the Amazon rises during the rainy season, the trees in the rain forest are partially submerged. Fish can then swim among the trees, feeding on their fruits and nuts.
In doing so, the fish help to spread the seeds of the trees.
|A giant, 335,000 gallon, tank representing an Atlantic Coral Reef is one of the National Aquarium's most impressive exhibits. The above pictures show brightly colored sponges growing on the artificial reef. Some sponges merely look like discolored patches on the reef surface, others look like vases anchored to the reef. The picture at the left shows a fish hiding in a cave formed by the structure of the reef.
|At right, two seals swim in the outdoor seal pen at the Baltimore National Aquarium.|
Below, a large seal relaxes on a rock in the seal pen.
|The seal pen at the National Aquarium is home to two grey seals which weigh more than half a ton each, and to seven harbor seals.|
A whale skeleton is suspended from the aquarium roof. In this view, we see the spine and ribcage and front flippers. Note the similaritiy between the bones of the whale's flipper
and those of the human forearm.
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