Poseidon’s Treasure Room
Poseidon’s Treasure Room houses several periodically changing freshwater and saltwater displays. It provides a fascinating view of unusual marine creatures and life, including:
- Sharks and Egg Cases – Developing shark embryos in their egg cases let you witness the miracle of life as it unfolds.
- Asian Hillstream Fishes – Many of these fish have special adaptations to help them not get swept away from swift currents.
- African Lungfish (Protopterus annectens) – An air-breathing fish that could actually drown if no air were left at the top of its display tank.
- Mexican Blind Cave Fish (Astyanax fasciatus mexicanus) – Fish whose eyes become covered as young fish mature.
- Filter Feeding – A display that illustrates how spinges and other creatures sieve plankton by creating water currents.
- Cerianthus anemone, tube anemone – Creatures that look like living lava lamps!
- Lionfish (Pterois volitans) – Fish that have been carried to Long Island from the Carolinas by the Gulf Stream, and caught as part of a scientific capture program.
- Frogfish – Short and stocky, these fish are often covered in bodily extensions to make them blend in with the ocean floor.
- Tropical Lagoon – A display that illustrates how tropical lagoons provide protected nursing grounds for reef fishes.
Our Treasure Room gives us a way to focus on some of the smaller, more delicate fish that might get lost in our larger exhibits.