|The black drum has what you could call a beard|
Meet our black drum (Pogonias cromis), Toronto—named after the Toronto Zoo where he lived before coming to us in 2006. He is a medium size drum right now, he'll likely grow to be bigger. Black drums are the largest in the drum family and others have grown to be 4 to 5 feet long in the Giant Ocean Tank.
His "beard" consists of about a dozen dangling chin barbels, which are sensitive and used to sort through the substrate to find food. Toronto doesn't really exhibit this behavior in the GOT, as he's gotten used to being hand fed. He likes shrimp and squid and small fish.
|This animal is usually pretty shy, but it comes around during feeding times|
|Toronto will be keeping his beard... go Sox!|
|And this diver isn't trimming his beard until after the World Series|
We'll have more videos of Toronto in the tank going up on the blog very soon. Stay tuned!