People often ask us how we get new animals into the Giant Ocean Tank (GOT). Depending on the animal(s) being acclimated, we use a variety of techniques including hidden cages, netted barrel corals, stretchers, pickle barrels, and floating pens.
Yesterday we added 5 new fish to the Giant Ocean Tank. These redfin needlefish, Strongylura notata, were collected during our Spring Bahamas collecting trip. They arrived in Boston on May 13th, and after 4 1/2 months in quarantine and growing up behind the scenes, they were ready for their new home.
We built a special pen for their acclimation, which we floated at the top of the artificial reef.