Check Out Today's #SaturdayCraft !
Join us at 12pm to learn about our white and black tip reef sharks as you make this fun and educational shark hat.
This is a free event located just outside of the aquarium. ... See more
Please be aware that the aquarium will be closing at 4pm on Monday (4.23.18) for a private function.
We will return to our normal business hours Tuesday!
Had a blast at our first paint and sip in the Aquarium.
We loved all the artworks of our koi and can't wait for the next one!
A special thanks to Kimberly Lehay who guided our paint and create.
On behalf of our staff at Via Aquarium, thank you New York Angelo Santabarbara and the Assembly Subcommittee on Autism Spectrum Disorders for awarding us the Autism Action Award.
To see that all children can explore, discover, and learn is a shared goal that we all strive to meet. Thank you for not only for your continued support and advocacy for those children with complex needs but also including us in your pursuit of accessibility & quality of life for all children.
Seen here our Marketing & PR Director Alan Fanitzi accepting the Award on behalf of Via Aquarium. To the Left Angelo Santabarbara, and to the right, WTEN ' s Christina Arangio. ... See more
Did you know we have Berlin High School’s Baby Catsharks?
This year, students at Berlin High School fostered jellyfish and cat shark pups for Via Aquarium. Just last week these students released the aquatic creatures into our tanks to be displayed to the public. The marine biology program is unique to Berlin HS and it is the only course of its kind in the surrounding area. In the course, students engage in advanced science work and collaborate to solve problems.
The Chain Catshark lay their eggs in tough egg ceases with curly tendrils on either end as seen in the upper right corner. Also called a “mermaid purse” the egg case contains our baby shark eggs! So far, Since Berlin HS placed 3 of their Mermaid Purses, two of the original three have hatched! Seen below, you can see one of the little ones resting on the bottom. If you look closely, you can see the “denticles” (also called “Placoid”) scales. These little scales are like grooved teeth, giving our Catsharks a sandpaper like feeling when touched. ... See more
check out our Paddlefish grabbing some dinner!
Using Its large, paddle-like snout, it detects small electromagnetic differences in the water where plankton and other microscopic plants and animals group together. Gathering food by opening its large mouth and straining the water through its gill rakers (aslo known as “filter feeding”). Pylodin, a Greek compound word meaning “Many-Toothed” is in reference to it’s rakers. This adaptation can be found in other fish known as “suspension feeders”. ... See more
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Don't Forget #SaturdayCrafts is Today!
Join us at 12pm as we explore the diverse traits of ocean animals as we create our very own googly-eyed creature!
Don't Forget Tomorrow is #SaturdayCrafts !
Join us as we celebrate the biodiversity of our oceans as we create our very own papercraft creatures out of recycled materials!
This year, students at Berlin High School fostered jellyfish and cat shark pups for Via Aquarium. Yesterday morning these students released the aquatic creatures into our tanks to be displayed to the public.
The marine biology program is unique to Berlin HS and it is the only course of its kind in the surrounding area. In the course, students engage in advanced science work and collaborate to solve problems. This project is part of an independent study course supervised by science teacher Matt Christian. The endeavor is an extension of the school’s marine biology program allowing students who have additional interest in marine biology to learn more.
Matt Christian, the science teacher at Berlin MS/HS who initially developed the marine biology course, said the district has been supportive of the endeavor since he began working for there more than 10 years ago.
As part of their independent study course, Vicky Scott, Parker Crandall, Hailey Madsen and Domnika Popov raised 7 jellyfish a few cat shark pups during the 2017-18 school year. The jellyfish and pups were donated by Via Aquarium.
The students were able to shepard the jellyfish polyps through several phases of development. Once the jellyfish entered the ephyra stage? , feeding them every day.
The ephyra were fed brine shrimp eggs which had to be prepared each afternoon for the following day. To prepare the food, students mixed shrimp eggs with saltwater in a tub fitted with an air hose filter to grow overnight. The ephyra get bigger daily until they have reached the medusa, or adult stage. Once the jellyfish reach the medusa phase they are ready to be returned to the aquarium.
Via Aquarium is proud to support educational initiatives such as this. This is the first time Via Aquarium has fostered out live aquatic to help advance student interest in marine biology. ... See more
AUTISM ACTION DAY at Via Aquarium was a huge success!
In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D – 111th district) hosted the second annual "Autism Day" at ViaPort Aquarium in Rotterdam.
Did you join us for Autism Awareness Day on Sunday? We were honored to partner with Angelo Santabarbara and welcome families with children who are sensory-sensitive to Via Aquarium before we opened and enjoy smaller crowds, lower lights and music! ... See more
A day at the Via Aquarium is a special treat for Amelia Green and her three sons, especially for 11-year old Alex, who is on the lower functioning end of the Autism spectrum. That makes it difficult to get out of the house as often as they'd like. ... See more
Join us tomorrow at 10:30am for #WednesdayReading
This week we will be reading "Ocean Animals from Head to Tail" a playfully interactive educational book that will teach your children about the diverse traits of animals found in nature to help them thrive in their vast ocean environment. Paper collage illustrations by Kwanchai Moriya in bright, eye-catching colors bring the animals and their environments to life!
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Had a great time with Angelo Santabarbara we hope you all had as much fun as we did! 🙂
Angelo Santabarbara Greeting People for our #AutisimAwareness day at the aquarium. We are so happy to see everyone having a great time!
We're LIVE at Via Aquarium in Rotterdam for Autism Action Day!