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New England Aquarium Giant Ocean TankA "Must-Sea": The Giant Ocean Tank at the New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts

Article by Eric H. Photos credits: New England Aquarium press room

by Eric J. Hurwitz. Article updated on Dec. 31, 2016.

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The New England Aquarium (NEAQ) stands as one of New England's greatest fish tales ever told, featuring an incredible array of animals and exhibits -- as well as offering marine conservation education -- to more than 1.3 million visitors a year.

What started out as a modest Boston aquarium in 1969 has transformed into a world class travel destination with one of the spark plugs to its incredible growth being the Giant Ocean Tank.  Twenty six ft. deep, 40 ft. wide and with 200,000 gallons of salt water, the Giant Ocean Tank hosts more than 1,000 animals. Myrtle, a 550 lb green sea turtle (see her in the photo below), leads the way, having resided at the NEAQ since 1970!

Myrtle is not the only story, though, as for starters, hundreds of Caribbean reef animals, including sea turtles, stingrays, eels and fish can be seen within four story centerpiece. An intricate layout of coral reef with 3,000 new pieces, underwater communications system, and large windows. just add to this spectacular display. New England Aquarium staff say that the exhibit is so big that the rest of the aquarium was built around it!

Be sure to attend the presentations at the top of the tank where guides educate and entertain on "who's who" within the Giant Fish Tank. The views are amazing, the talks enlightening.

Of course, the Giant Ocean Tank isn't the only fish in the sea when it comes to the overall New England Aquarium experience. This amazing display is, however, perhaps the best way to get introduced to an aquarium that has become a "must-sea" within the overall Boston vacation experience.

The New England Aquarium is located at 1 Central Wharf in Boston MA. Tel. (617) 973-5200

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