June 24, 2016 |
Did you know that some sea turtles blow bubbles out of their noses and eat them? It's one of the many fascinating things I learned at the new Sea Turtle Cove exhibit at Adventure Aquarium . You can feed Stitches, Bob, and Old Green, and meet the hatchling, Koopa. You can also find out about conservancy efforts and what you can do to help the turtles. Here are a few more unexpected things I discovered while visiting the exhibit: 1. Adult sea turtles can be massive What surprises people most when they first see the turtles up close is their size.
May 12, 2016 |
Visitors to Adventure Aquarium will soon see a slightly more populated penguin exhibit. Two African penguin chicks were born last month, the Camden aquarium announced Tuesday. The baby penguins were born April 6 and 10. Their genders aren't yet known, and they haven't been named. Officials said the chicks were doing well and had grown from the size of a golf ball to about 3 pounds over five weeks. When full grown, African penguins range from 5 to 9 pounds. "They are very active, growing strong and have hearty appetites," Michele Pagel, the curator of birds and mammals, said in a statement.
April 9, 2016 |
At Camden's Adventure Aquarium, visitors can swim with sharks and touch sharks. And now they will be able to walk above them. Shark Bridge will allow the most daring visitors to walk the 81-foot-long, V-shaped rope suspension bridge across the aquarium's 21-foot-deep Shark Realm, a 550,000-gallon exhibit housing the aquarium's massive collection of sharks. A "Dare to Cross" sign invites you to stand only inches away from some of the ocean's fiercest predators. Continue walking, as sharks swim beneath your feet.
March 22, 2016 |
The developers remaking the Camden waterfront envision an urban center with gleaming offices, brand-new sidewalks and expanses of green space where people can enjoy lunch breaks alongside dog-walkers and joggers by the river. The plans include a new ferry stop, shuttle to the city's downtown and space for a hotel, homes, shops and restaurants - businesses that John Gattuso, senior vice president of the developer, Liberty Property Trust, said will create a new daytime workforce as well as jobs for city residents.
March 16, 2016
The long: Eight of the world's smallest, bluest penguins left a zoo in Sydney, Australia, to live in . . . Camden. See them swim, preen, stretch their li'l flippers, and be adorable behind glass at their new li'l indoor beach. The short: You're gonna wanna take one home. (You can't.) The demo: Ironically, the taller the better. If you're under four feet, it's hard to see above the water level to the sand. Lots of "oohs" and "ahhs" from moms. Color: Called blue. Looks more gray, maybe slate.
January 17, 2016 |
It didn't take Adventure Aquarium's eight little blue penguins long to adjust to life in Camden. On their first day in front of the public, the birds played to the crowd, swimming close to their adoring fans outside their 9,230-gallon pool. "Hi, penguin!" Maddy Billetdoux, 2, squealed as one of the penguins, barely a foot tall, darted through the water near her stroller. The aquarium officially opened its new indoor exhibit, called the Little Blue Beach, on Friday. The 415-square-foot permanent exhibit houses two females and six males, with plans for two more penguins to arrive later.
December 17, 2015 |
Camden's Adventure Aquarium has given up on long-delayed plans to build a 300-foot-high tower offering panoramic views of Philadelphia and the Delaware River. Representatives of the aquarium, who announced the $5 million project in 2013, said the company that was given the task of designing the tower - United Kingdom-based Tower Systems - could not make the plan work. The tower would have been the first of its kind for that company to build. "The proposal for the Skyview Tower prototype was promising; however, the concept did not successfully translate into an attainable project," Vince Nicoletti, executive director and vice president of Adventure Aquarium, said in a statement Tuesday.
November 21, 2015 |
Everybody knows a princess. (Sometimes one is born to you, sometimes you marry one - sometimes both.) Based more on the 1939 Shirley Temple classic film than the great 1905 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Alfonso Cuarón's film A Little Princess is no fairy tale, but it is gorgeous. The 1995 gem is unfortunately little known, but well worth a look for the Emmanuel Lubezki cinematography as well as the affecting story of a young aristocratic girl whose fortunes take a turn for the worse when her father is lost in World War I. Those of a certain age may be surprised to see Eleanor Bron (the ingenue of the Beatles' Help!
November 7, 2015 |
Where do mermaids come from? Florida - and they can prove it, too. Just ask one of the Weeki Wachee Mermaids , as they finish up a visit to New Jersey with shows this weekend at the Adventure Aquarium. The graceful aquatic troupe will be performing in the 760,000-gallon Ocean Realm exhibit, swimming with the sharks (and the sea turtles and stingrays). This is the second trip to Camden for the finned ladies, who usually dwell in the natural springs of Weeki Wachee, Fla., as they have since 1947.
October 30, 2015 |
Camden City officials will hold a job fair Thursday at the Adventure Aquarium. The event, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in Lot 7 of the aquarium's parking area. The event will include vendors from colleges and universities, trade organizations, contractors, and health-care institutions. Representatives from some of the companies with plans to move to Camden will be in attendance, city officials said. Companies including Lockheed Martin, Holtec, and Subaru of America have recently announced plans to build new facilities in Camden - projects that city officials have said will lead to thousands of construction jobs.