Invasion of the Land Animals at Aquarium of the Bay
“Our new animals are taking Aquarium of the Bay to the next level — the above the ground level — as they are the first land-dwelling animals to make their homes here,” said CEO
The Banana Slug, Ariolimax columbianus, is in the Mollusca phylum, making them distant relatives to aquatic animals including octopuses and mussels. Banana slugs’ slime is essential in many ways: it helps them move; it serves as a protector against sharp rocks or other jagged surfaces and it plays a role in their respiration, as they breathe partially through the surface of their skin. They are most commonly found in redwood forests, where they eat savory foods such as wild mushrooms and less savory delicacies including fungi, and dead plant materials. Their hankering for such items makes Banana Slugs play an important role in maintaining a healthy forest food web, through their spreading of seeds and spores. Climate change could push the banana slug into excessive hibernation, making it unable to perform its essential job duties.
Another animal that moves via slithering, the
The Invasion of the Land Animals events will include live animal showing and interaction, hands-on activities and more. The events are free with admission to Aquarium of the Bay. Upcoming dates include:
February 21: “Slither” featuring the CaliforniaKing Snake and Banana Slug
February 28: “Wild Colors” featuring the Blue Tongued Skink and Pink Toed Tarantula
March 8: “Spring Forward” featuring the Pacific Tree Frog and Western Toad
March 14: “Shells” featuring the Western Pond Turtle and Cherry Headed Red Legged Tortoise
March 21: “Soft and Prickly” featuring the Chinchilla and African Pygmy Hedgehog
PG&E Bay Lab is a unique interactive climate change exhibit sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. The exhibit features land-dwelling animals as nature’s ambassadors, promoting energy conservation to protect their habitats from the potential impact of climate change.
About Aquarium of the Bay
Aquarium of the Bay is a unique nature center dedicated to creating experiences that inspire conservation of the San Francisco Bay and all marine environments. It is the only aquarium featuring exhibits focused specifically on the rich and diverse aquatic life and distinctive ecosystems of the Bay and its neighboring waters. The Aquarium is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and certified as a Green Business by the city of
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