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December 17, 2007

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Santa to Visit Woods Hole Science Aquarium

The Woods Hole Science Aquarium will open on Saturday December 22 to host the annual visit from Santa Claus.  Visitors can tour the aquarium between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Claus is expected to greet both the naughty and the nice beginning at noon. Children are also welcome to visit with Santa and have their photos taken with the jolly old elf.

Inside the Aquarium, visitors can see the newest fish on display, a short big-eye.  This small, red-orange fish was spotted by a local fisherman and netted by Aquarium staff on October 2, near the town dock in Woods Hole. Short big-eyes are tropical. This one probably entered local waters on the Gulf Stream this summer, but would not have survived the colder winter waters.  There’s also a new exhibit of historical photographs illustrating the founding of the Woods Hole science community.

Outside the Aquarium construction continues on a new habitat for seals that will  provide a naturalistic environment, enlarged seal haul-out space, more viewing area for visitors, and poolside care for the animals. Aquarium staff are planning for the return of seals by next summer.

The Aquarium is open weekdays from 11-4 during the school year. The Aquarium will be closed December 24 and 25, and January 1. Admission is free. Adults need to show a picture ID to enter.
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