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Huntsman Aquarium Museum

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Prices: The admission fees are $4.50 for adults, $4 for senior (65+), $3 for children (4–17 yrs.); under 4 years are free.
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This critique last updated:  Dec 2007

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This review written by Ken Kawata and reprinted by Kind Permission of International Zoo News

A drive on Highway 1 through the patchwork quilt of sea-carved shores, quaint villages and lush green forests leads to St Andrews, NB, which is said to be Canada's oldest seaside resort town. Located on Brandy Cove is Huntsman Aquarium Museum, housed in a rustic, one-storied wooden building, which we visited on 6 June. The museum is a private, non-profit organization and a department within the Huntsman Marine Science Centre.

The building is divided into exhibit halls, which makes it look larger than it actually is. Graphics (bilingual), artifacts and preserved specimens abound about fisheries, aquaculture and marine biology. These are followed by live animal exhibits, consisting of 13 small tanks for herptiles and freshwater fishes, 3 small tanks for freshwater and brackish water fishes, and 7 small and 5 medium-sized tanks for saltwater fishes and invertebrates. A heart-shaped touch tank for marine invertebrates, unsupervised at our visit, was also noted. Species on exhibit consisted of regional animals including common snapping turtle, yellow-spotted salamander, golden shiner, Atlantic salmon, wolf-fish and Atlantic sea raven. The only exception was a tropical fish tank with a pacu.

The live specimens seemed to serve as supplement to the graphics and artifacts. In one of the graphics it was stated that the Huntsman Marine Laboratory, which was incorporated in 1969, `is not a public aquarium. Rather, the aquarium-museum is a small part of the public education program which itself is an integral part of the education and research roles of Huntsman Marine Laboratory.' (The names Marine Science Centre and Marine Laboratory often seemed to be used interchangeably.) Entertainment seems to be at the farthest end of their concern, although the visit was enjoyable. At the end of the series of live animals was a small pool with a breeding pair of harbor seals. At 11 a.m. an attendant fed them, gave an informative talk and fielded questions for about ten minutes. There was no music to dramatize the presentation; the attendant fed seals from the public area, making no attempt to enter the animal area to `pet' them, or to coax them to do anything. This was a refreshing switch from the more entertainment-oriented approach.


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