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  • Endangered Species at the Aquarium


    Throughout the year, we use our exhibits, presentations, education programs, and other means to communicate to our guests the importance of conserving and protecting endangered and vulnerable species, but this month, we want to call special attention to the plight of a few of these threatened animals.

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  • Flock This Way: Fun Facts on Our Caribbean Birds


    Most Corpus Christi visitors and locals will undoubtedly meet the city’s brown grackles, gray pigeons, and white seagulls at some time or another, but in Caribbean Journey, they’ll be much more impressed with the colorful red, green, orange, blue, and gold birds waiting inside.

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  • 6 OCEAN CONSERVATION ISSUES (AND HOW YOU CAN HELP)


    The ocean cover more than 70 percent of our planet's surface, contains over 352 quintillion gallons of seawater, and provides a home for over 1 million species of plants and animals. With its almost unimaginable size, you'd think the ocean would be invulnerable, but in fact the ocean, and the life within it, is seriously endangered by human activity from pollution to climate change. In this month's blog, we break down 6 major ocean conservation issues.

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  • CREATURES OF THE NIGHT: FUN FACTS ON OUR VAMPIRE BATS


    We’ve all seen the movies featuring everyone’s famous monster: the vampire. Whether it’s Dracula or Edward from "Twilight," these immortal creatures possess a variety of supernatural abilities, but a constant are their pair of razor-sharp fangs and their insatiable thirst for human blood. If cornered, vampires could even transform into their favorite animal, the bat, and fly away. Luckily, vampires don’t exist in real-life…right?

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  • Journey to the Sian Ka'an


    If you were to jump in your car and drive south from Corpus Christi, cross the Mexican border, and wind your way down the eastern coast of Mexico for nearly 1500 miles, you’d eventually find yourself in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Preserve, located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo about two hours south of Cancun. This land, stretching over 780,000 acres, is exceptionally rich in both biodiversity and culture, boasting several Mayan ruins, underground rivers called cenotes, a coral reef, and a lush jungle where hundreds of species flourish.

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  • 10 Reasons We're A USA TODAY 10Best Aquarium


    When the Texas State Aquarium was once again nominated as a USA TODAY 10Best Aquarium this year, it got us thinking about the Top 10 reasons that the Aquarium is the best in North America. For over 25 years, we’ve been a place where families come to learn, bond and discover together. But we’re even more than that, maintaining several conservation, education, and community outreach programs in addition to our daily wildlife exhibits and presentations. See the best qualities of the Aquarium below, then cast your vote to declare us as Your Favorite Aquarium

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  • True Colors: Fun Facts on Our Coral Reef Fish


    We’ve welcomed several new and exciting animals from land and sea to the Aquarium over the past several months, but Caribbean Journey would be incomplete without the numerous vibrant coral reef fish which will light up our underwater exhibits.

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  • Rainforests of the Sea: Why Coral Reefs Are So Important


    Coral reefs have always fascinated us. From their depiction on popular films like “Finding Nemo” to their appearance in documentaries and ads for tropical vacations, it’s clear that we love to marvel at the vibrant colors of coral reefs and the exotic species which call them home.

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  • 10 Fascinating Facts About Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins


    Here at the Texas State Aquarium, we have four Atlantic bottlenose dolphins: Shadow, Kai, Liko, and Schooner. Not only are these highly intelligent marine mammals amazing to watch glide, zip, and pivot through the water at Dolphin Bay, they are fascinating in a variety of ways you might not know about! Check out these 10 fascinating facts about Atlantic bottlenose dolphins

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  • True Colors: Tropical Fish Dazzle the Senses


    With around 350 species of fish at the Texas State Aquarium; it’s hard to choose a favorite! Whether a species is known for its eating habits, long range, or relationship to other animals under the sea; it’s hard to deny the beauty and gorgeous rainbow colors of tropical fish species. Learn about some of our top picks that you can see at the Texas State Aquarium!

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  • Friends of a Feather Cluck Together


    Training chickens is nothing to cluck about, although WildFlight Bird & Mammal Trainer Sean McLaughlin puffs up proudly when watching one of his hens present a behavior he asked her for. The female barred rock hen is one of six chickens at the Aquarium that Sean helped raise and train from just the day after they hatched.

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  • The Wide, Weird World of Jellies


    What exactly makes jellies so interesting? Is it the mesmerizing, pulsing way they move? Maybe it’s the fact that they’re beautiful AND dangerous (we’re looking at you, box jelly), or maybe it’s the simple fact that they look like transparent underwater aliens? Whatever the reason – we’re right there with you concerning the crazy cool factor of the wonderful world of jellies.

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  • Education with a Vision


    A classroom full of wide eyes widen even further as Aquarium Distance Learning Coordinator Sasha Orman picks up a live, scaly, toothy little American alligator and puts him closer to the camera for the awestruck class to inspect. Even across the many miles, their reaction is palpable. 

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  • It's World Wetlands Day: Celebrate the Wetlands All Around Us


    Over the last few days, I’ve tried in vain to sit still to write about wetlands.  I sat at my computer with a stack of books and brochures, combing through scientific papers and online resources.  I’ve even taken stabs at reworking articles I’d written in the past.  But I’ve encountered a problem in these beautiful January days.  Whether dark and spitting rain, or sunny and warm, I just couldn’t sit still.

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  • Making a Difference: Meet 'Diver Dennis'


    In any other instance, a man that carries a bag of teeth around in his pocket might be considered a little bit strange, but in the case of veteran volunteer Dennis Burk; it’s just another day at the Aquarium. 

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  • Top Five Creepiest Creatures


    Here at the Aquarium, we have creepy, crawly, and spooky creatures of all shapes, sizes, and species. In honor of Halloween this Saturday, we made a definitive list of our official creepiest critters - tell us what you think, then be sure to come visit Saturday from 10 a.m. - 3  p.m. for our third annual Green Halloween where you can SEE them in person! 

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  • Think Green This Halloween!


    Trick-or-treating, the hallmark sugar haul of Halloween, is a favorite aspect of the holiday for costumed kids everywhere. Dumping out the plastic pumpkin at the end of the night to inventory Reeses and M&Ms, Snickers bars, Tootsie Roll Pops and the like is a definite highlight of the hallowed night (and for weeks after). At the Texas State Aquarium, we hope to impart this same excitement with our Halloween candy, but with a green twist.

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  • Don't fear the fin: Saving Sharks exhibit shows misunderstood fish need our help, not our fear


    Justifying not only the existence, but the conservation of Jaws is a hard license plate to swallow for many ocean-loving humans. Not everyone feels pity for the ocean’s apex predators, but the fact is that sharks are crucial to the health of our world’s oceans and their declining populations need our help now more than ever. Helping to illustrate the various ways in which we can and are conserving shark species is Saving Sharks, the newest exhibit brought to you by the Texas State Aquarium, OCEARCH, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

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