How Do You Operate on an Octopus?

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Photo via CBS Miami
Photo via CBS Miami

The National Aquarium in Baltimore is home to more than 17,000 sharks, octopi, blue lobsters, cane toads, sea turtles, and other creatures. Most aquarium visitors see the animals when they’re swimming around and feeling fine. But it turns out that the aquarium has an entire behind-the-scenes complex devoted to healing hurt or sick fish, reptiles, and other critters–and for the first time ever, they’re going to let visitors take a peek to see how they do it.

The new program will give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at its treatment rooms and animal rescue programs, including how they take a toad’s heartbeat and nurse ailing sea turtles back to health. According to WJZ, no other aquarium in the country allows visitors this kind of up-close look at its operations — yet another reason to love our aquarium. One caveat: “This tour is truly all access, and some attendees may be sensitive to seeing certain aspects, such as a fish necropsy,” the aquarium warns. Sounds even cooler.



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