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See the Beauty of Ugly at the Aquarium on September 15

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See the Beauty of Ugly at the Aquarium on September 15

A hagfish in the Aquarium. Photo by Tallie Segel/ABQ BioPark.

September 12, 2012

Discover why some sea creatures look so strange during The Beauty of Ugly Discovery Day at the Aquarium on September 15. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., find out how hagfish slime predators, why bottom feeders can eat without seeing their food, why eels hang out in crevices and much more in this celebration of unusual adaptations.

"We are focusing on some of the Aquarium's weirdest-looking inhabitants on Saturday," said Tallie Segel, Aquarium Education Coordinator. "Animals like hagfish, wobbegongs, eels and cuttlefish may not have beauty on their side, but they do have many impressive adaptations!"

The sliming and scavenging behaviors of the Pacific hagfish will be highlighted during this discovery day. Hagfish, nicknamed slime eels, are bottom-feeders that eat carrion, crustaceans, worms and fish. When attacked, they release thick, fibrous slime that clogs the would-be predator's gills. Stop by the new exhibit in the "Shark & Ray Encounter" to see these unusual fish and touch some slime. Some of the other beautiful uglies on display include the dwarf cuttlefish, moray eels and the tassled wobbegong.

The Beauty of Ugly Discovery Day is included with regular admission.  For more information, email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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