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Exploring Touch Pools

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Get Hands-On

Roll up your sleeves and prepare to get your hands wet. An interpreter or volunteer will guide you through this opportunity to get hands-on with some of the mysterious and colourful animals beneath our waters. Learn about anemones, sea stars and urchins as you touch some of their unique features. Exploring Touch Pools takes place in Clownfish Cove or the Wild Coast exhibit. Check the daily schedule to find out if it’s available during your visit and where it is.

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Spineless Wonders

The animals you’ll get to see and possibly touch in the touch pools are invertebrates—animals without backbones. The most familiar marine invertebrates include crabs, sea anemones, jellies, sea stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and shrimps. Even the octopus, one of the most popular animals at the Aquarium, is an invertebrate. You can find marine invertebrates in almost every marine habitat. Some marine invertebrates, including tube worms, live on the ocean bottom near vents that expel sulphide-rich water heated to 400°C.
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Cooperative Invertebrates

Some invertebrates live symbiotically with other organisms. For example, some sea anemones ride on the shells of decorator crabs; the crab provides bits of food for the sea anemone, and the sea anemone protects the crab from octopuses. Another example is the association between sea anemones and clownfish. The clownfish gain protection while the sea anemones get bits of dropped food. Find out more at the touch pools.

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