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May 2nd, 2012

NY Aquarium needs help naming new fish

Brooklyn, NY - A porcupine fish at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium is in need of a name, and New Yorkers are being asked to weigh in with their suggestions at

To suggest a name for consideration, go to Aquarium staff will choose a name for the porcupine fish from the pool of submissions.

The porcupine fish sports black polka dots and orange spots, a body covered in needle-sharp scales, and has an unusual way to ward off predators. When threatened, it quickly gulps down water to puff up to two or three times its normal size. When puffed up, its spines stick straight out as a warning for predators to beware.
Porcupine fish live in tropical oceans throughout the world, making their homes around coral reefs. At WCS’s New York Aquarium, visitors can see the porcupine fish in the Explore the Shore exhibit.

Other aquatic species native to tropical regions can be found in the aquarium’s Conservation Hall, renovated last year as part of WCS’s A Sea Change initiative, a 10-year plan to revitalize the aquarium and ignite the rebirth of Coney Island. An additional component to A Sea Change includes construction of the Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exhibit, scheduled to break ground later this year.

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