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Horses and Dragons Exhibit Opens May 27

Explore the realm of real-life dragons and horses that dwell under the sea.

Ribbon Dragon

Ribbon Dragon Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific

May 5, 2016

Explore the mysterious realm of dragons and horses that dwell under the sea through new exhibits at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Southern California. Featuring about a dozen species of seahorses and seadragons and their relatives, Horses and Dragons will showcase the wonder and diversity of these creatures from late May 2016 through March 2017.

While Pegasus is a mythical creature, did you know that winged horses really do exist in the ocean? Or, that male seadragons carry eggs until they hatch, and that seahorses can change color? Visitors will be able to see and learn more about the unusual animals in the Syngnathid group, which includes the sea moth (also known as Pegasus), seahorses, seadragons, pipefish, and razorfish through exhibit displays, a film in the Great Hall, and education programs in the Marine Life Theater. “Syngnathids have existed on the planet for about 50 million years, but face many environmental threats today. It is our hope that people walk away from this exhibition in awe of these beautiful animals and wanting to learn more about what they can do to help,” said Dr. Sandy Trautwein, Aquarium of the Pacific curator of fish and invertebrates.

Public Dates: May 27, 2016, to March 31, 2017 Press Preview: Thursday, May 26, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Aquarium is open daily, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and until 8:30 p.m. on summer Sundays.