Dolphin Response

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 Q: How long does it take a dolphin to learn a new trick?

 

 A: Dolphins all learn at different rates. So it really depends on the animal, as well as the complexity of the behavior. Some more ‘simple’ behaviors, such as a wave or a head nod, may take only a few training sessions. While other, more complex behaviors, such as a front flip, may take a few months to train.

Red-Bellied Piranha

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It’s a Piranha!

Did you know?
The Red-Bellied Piranha is often thought of as aggressive and ferocious, because of their sharp teeth and feeding frenzies (when a large group of Piranhas join together to strip a large item of prey within minutes). However, this behavior is not common, and is usually a result of starvation or provocation.

You can find Red-Bellied Piranhas in the Texas State Aquarium’s Amazon exhibit!

Information gathered from sources including Arkive.org.

Sea Turtle

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Sea Turtle

This is a Sea Turtle!

The five sea turtle species that are found in the gulf are the Loggerhead, Hawksbill, Kemp’s Ridley, Green, and Leatherback.

Did you know? Male Kemp’s Ridleys never come ashore. Female Kemp’s Ridleys only come ashore during nesting season: April-July.
A Kemp’s Ridley nest may have around 100 eggs. Females may lay 9 nests in a season. The temperature inside the nest determines male or female hatchlings!

The Texas State Aquarium is an official home for rehabilitated sea turtles. We provide care for sea turtles that cannot be released. Our education programs help you discover ways to make the oceans safer for all marine life.

Each positive action we take for wildlife helps us too!

You can leave the beach cleaner than when you got there. Help pick up and “pitch in” to keep sea turtles and other marine life from eating trash.

Clownfish

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Clownfish

This is a Clownfish!

Did you know?
All Clownfish begin their lives as males. “If the dominant female dies, the largest male will change into a female and a non-dominant male will take his place as the new dominant male. This process, known as ‘protandrous hermaphrorditism’, allows the group of clownfish to remain self-sufficient, as when the dominant female dies the male does not need to search for a new mate.”

Clownfish are the only fish known to be able to live amongst the tentacles of anemones. The tentacles of the anemones normally sting other fish, but clownfish excrete a mucus over their skin that tricks the anemone into believing it is touching itself, so it does not sting. They live harmoniously in a symbiotic relationship.

Information gathered from sources including “Arkive.org.”

Merlin

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Merlin

This is Merlin, a River Otter!

Although River Otters look cute and cuddly, they are wild and do not make good pets. They have sharp claws which can tear up carpets and furniture, and very sharp teeth, which can be dangerous. River Otters also mark their territory with “scat,” another name for waste.

River Otters are perfectly adapted to the places they live – around rivers of all sizes, canals, lakes, marshes, and bays. At one time the number of River Otters was quite low. However, due to reintroduction programs, their success in the wild is growing.

African Serval

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African Serval

This is Kimani, the African Serval!

Did you know?
Servals are solitary animals that spend most of their lives alone. They prefer moist habitats, like marshes, and are most active from dusk to dawn, when the weather is cooler.

You can see Kimani during our Wild Flight Show, every day in the Hawn Wild Flight Theatre.

Here is a link to our presentation schedule:

http://www.texasstateaquarium.org/index.php/presentation-schedule