Seahorse exhibit gallops into Newport Aquarium

Posted at 3:49 PM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-21 17:52:58-05

NEWPORT, Ky. – The Newport Aquarium will feature 10 species of seahorses and other unusual marine life in what it calls the “most interactive seahorse exhibit in the country,” coming this April.

“Seahorses: Unbridled Fun” will showcase the species’ unique habitats and share the threats these animals face in the wild.

“They live in some of the most at-risk habitats in the world like coral reefs and sea grass beds,” said Ric Urban, chief conservation officer for Newport Aquarium, in a news release. “By working to save them, we are working to ensure the marine ecosystems they live in also are healthy and well-managed.”

Chris Pierson, Newport Aquarium’s director of husbandry, said the new exhibit would immerse visitors in the world of seahorses.

“The way this exhibit’s viewing tanks are designed, guests will really be able to get up-close to them and see their unique physical features, like most people have never seen them,” Pierson said in a statement.

Alongside the live seahorses, sea dragons, trumpetfish, shrimpfish and pipefish, the exhibit will feature rare video of seahorses and their most unusual behaviors, interactive sculptures highlighting the animals’ unique physical characteristics, the ability to create your own customized seahorse or sea dragon and more.

Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.