Open now through Jan. 2, 2017
The large humpback whale population in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off Cape Cod supports a popular whale-watching industry. And, for the first time in decades, at least three whales spent the late summer of 2015 in western Long Island Sound.
But humpbacks aren’t in New England waters year-round and their annual international migration is the focus of the special exhibit, “Animals Without Passports."
Displays explore the challenges of humpback whales’ annual 3, 000-mile roundtrip migration between New England and the Caribbean. Learn when and why the whales migrate, and the hazards they face as they cross ocean borders, including becoming entangled in fishing gear, being hit by boats and ships, and encountering pollution, loud noises and degraded habitats.
The exhibit is installed in the lobby of The Maritime Aquarium’s IMAX® Theater because it is a perfect tie-in to the movie “Humpback Whales, ” showing daily through May 26.
“Animals Without Passports” tells its story by focusing on one whale, a female humpback named Salt who has been studied by researchers for 40 years. Trace Salt’s “family tree” as you also learn how scientists identify and track individual whales. Learn how New England's only national marine sanctuary partners with sister sanctuaries along the charismatic species' migratory route.