Santa Monica Aquarium To Feature New Endangered Species Exhibit

by | Jun 4, 2014 | Conservation, Fish, Science, Travel | 1 comment


goby 1There are more than 2000 species in the Gobiidae family. However, The Tidewater Goby, native to the lagoons in California, is the only member of it’s genus, Eucyclogobius and it is endangered. This Goby species reside in lagoons, and their habitats have come into danger due to urban development and human activities. The fish was listed by the State of California for protection in 1987 and Federally in 1994 so it is a rare treat to be able to see these fish. Luckily the public get a change to admire this seldom seen fish  at the Santa Monica Aquarium Watershed Exhibit. The Sand Monica Aquarium is one of two public aquariums that has permission to exhibit the Tidewater Goby.santa monica

The fish will be the center piece of the aquariums Dorothy Green room and Watershed exhibit. The Aquariums’ Watershed exhibit allows visitors to see the impact of human behavior on the Ocean and encourages more environmentally friendly development. MORE

  • Francis Yupangco

    Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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