Woods Hole Aquarium to Celebrate National Endangered Species Day

A humpback whale breaches on Stellwagen Bank about 25 miles east of Boston, Monday, Aug. 22, 2005. The area around Stellwagen Bank is designated as a national marine sanctuary. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

A humpback whale breaches on Stellwagen Bank about 25 miles east of Boston, Monday, Aug. 22, 2005. The area around Stellwagen Bank is designated as a national marine sanctuary. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

WOODS HOLE – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Woods Hole Science Aquarium will be offering special public events on May 21 in recognition of National Endangered Species Day

The event will showcase what is being done to recover whales, sea turtles and Atlantic salmon – three endangered species found off the Cape’s coast.

A variety of displays, exhibits, and hands-on activities will be offered from noon to 2 p.m. after the seal feeding at 11 a.m.

A life-size inflatable humpback whale named “Salt” will be on display outside the Aquarium.

Salt is named after a real whale first sighted in the 1970s and still seen today in local waters.

Visitors can step inside and see the animal from a very different point of view.

Scientists conducting research on sea turtles, North Atlantic right whales and other whale species, and Atlantic salmon will be on hand to talk with visitors about their research.

The Aquarium features approximately 95 species of animals of the Northeast and Middle Atlantic region, as well as a behind-the-scenes touch tank where visitors may find spider crabs, hermit crabs, sea urchins and whelks among the animals found in local waters.

National Endangered Species Day is celebrated each year on the third Friday in May.

The federal Endangered Species Act, signed into law in 1973, is administered by two federal agencies, NOAA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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