New Exhibit is All About Seahorses
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (Dec. 18, 2012) – The theme for The Pier Aquarium’s Jan. 5 Book Nook by the Bay is “New Life in the Ocean.” The program features the book, Mister Seahorse, written by Eric Carle.
The seahorse is a fish where roles are a bit reversed for “motherhood. ” When Mrs. Seahorse announces that it is time to lay her eggs, Mr. Seahorse asks, “Can I help?”
He does. The eggs are laid in his pouch. The expectant father meets up with other daddy fish who are also in charge of prenatal care. Mr. Stickleback hatches the eggs, Mr. Tilapia holds the eggs in his mouth and Mr. Kurtus, a nurseryfish, sticks the eggs on his head until they hatch!
Visitors will learn about The Pier Aquarium’s new Seahorse Corral exhibit for a local species known as the Lined Seahorse (Hippocampus erectus). One of the most unusual in appearance of all fishes, the seahorse resembles a “knight in a chess set.
Aquarium staff have joined in the effort of conserving this seahorse population and are breeding them. When first born, the babies are placed in a special nursery tank and fed live baby brine shrimp. As they get larger, they graduate to adult brine and mysis shrimp and, once they reach two inches in height, are moved out of the nursery.
The Book Nook is free to members, children six and under and those who have purchased an aquarium admission.
Jan. 5 Book Nook Schedule
10:30am Fresh Fish Theater Craft Activity and talk
Featured Creature: Lined Seahorse
11:15am Book Reading, Mister Seahorse written by Eric Carle
Craft Activity and Talk
About Book Nook
The Book Nook by the Bay is a literary event featuring Fresh Fish Theater and a craft activity, Featured Creature facts, suggested reading by the Youth Services Coordinator Beth Lindsay from the St. Petersburg Public Library System, the aquarium’s marine science library and, of course, the reading of books. It is offered the first Saturday of each month and is free with a paid admission.
About The Pier Aquarium
Established in 1988, The Pier Aquarium is a private, non-profit aquarium and marine education center located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida at The Pier. It showcases 17 tanks of live fish and other marine life and educational exhibits on the first and second floors and an outdoor marine laboratory and teaching unit, the Roy G. Harrell, Jr. Education Station, located on the Pier approach.
Its mission is to enhance the public’s understanding of the value and fragility of the local and global marine environment through research, education and personal experiences. The Pier Aquarium serves as the “public face” for the St. Petersburg Ocean Team’s research, innovation and technology. The Ocean Team is a consortium of 14 marine science and oceanographic institutions and environmental research agencies in the Southeast and one of the top such industry clusters in the nation.
More than 65,000 visitors, including 15,000 who participate in our scheduled educational programs, come to The Pier Aquarium annually to attend our Saturday programs, an annual free marine discovery day and Summer Marine Adventures summer camp. Volunteers contribute more than 3,000 hours each year.
The Pier Aquarium has announced a move to John’s Pass Village, Madeira Beach, Florida and expansion to a 13,000 sq. ft. facility called the Secrets of the Sea Marine Discovery Center and Aquarium. The opening is scheduled for Fall 2013.