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    14.10.2021 – International conference on marine biology held in Vladivostok

    On October 6-8, 2021 an international conference entitled “Marine Biology in the 21st Century: Achievements and Development Outlook” took place in Vladivostok. It was hosted by the A. V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology, Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences (NSCMB FEB RAS) and the Primorsky Aquarium – Branch of the NSCMB FEB RAS. Run both in-person and virtually, the event was attended by scientists from various countries — Russia, China, India, Germany, the USA and Canada. Academician Valentin Sergienko, Chairman of FEB RAS, and Academician Andrei Adrianov, Vice President of RAS, gave opening addresses to the conference on behalf of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

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    04.10.2021 – How sharks grow up

    Alpha — the first zebra shark born in Russia — has turned one year old! The pup has quadrupled her hatching length of 27 cm to a length of 120 cm and reached almost 50 times her hatching weight of 110 grams — now she weighs 5 kg.

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    29.09.2021 –

    The RV Akademik Lavrentyev has completed a large-scale expedition organized by the A.V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology (NSCMB FEB RAS) to explore deep-sea ecosystems of the Emperor Seamount Chain.

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    29.09.2021 – Plankton stories, or How to raise live display specimens

    Being one of the most species-diverse habitats at the Primorsky Aquarium, the Sea of Japan/East Sea exhibit is also interesting in relation to “biographies” of its inhabitants: many of them have been raised right at the Aquarium. Biologists of the scientific and educational center grow future residents of the exhibit from ichthyoplankton collected in Peter the Great Bay.

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    16.09.2021 – One-of-a-kind: Primorsky Aquarium welcomes a baby white whale

    Jessica, a 14-year-old beluga at the Dolphinarium of the Primorsky Aquarium, has become a mother for the first time: an energetic calf was born on August 1. This event is particularly unique because Jessica is the first white whale to deliver a baby in the aquarium setting in Russia.

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    13.09.2021 – The first five-year milestone: Primorsky Aquarium in facts and figures

    Over the past five years, about 2 million people from 30 countries have attended the Aquarium: our guests burst into applause during 2,800 performances at the Dolphinarium, watched and filmed 1,250 Dancing with Rays programs on their mobile phones and joined almost 15,000 highlight and themed tours.

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    13.09.2021 – “Sea-wonders crowd around…”: Major upgrades in the Aquarium exhibits

    Two of the Primorsky Aquaruim exhibits have seen major changes: the renovation of aquaria and terraria was followed by a big shipment of new species, including the golden cuttlefish, big-belly seahorses, unusually coloured horseshoe crabs, and spotted jellies.

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    27.08.2021 – Temporary changes to the Aquarium’s operating schedule

    There will be temporary changes to the operating days of the Primorsky Aquarium in early September: on Thursday, September 2, the scientific and educational center will be closed to the public.

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    27.08.2021 – With metallic tint: bitterlings put on their spawning dress

    The male rose bitterlings (Rhodeus ocellatus) residing in the Rivers and Lakes exhibit have changed colour – their tails and fins have become red, and scales on the back are metallic blue: now the fish are in full spawning dress.

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    23.08.2021 – Great and small: Horseshoe crabs of the Aquarium

    New horseshoe crabs have arrived in the Primorsky Aquarium. They are from 5 to 30 cm in length, selected specially to show their developmental stages.

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    10.08.2021 – Unusual relicts: New fish attract visitors’ attention

    Relict newcomers have recently been added to the Rivers and Lakes exhibit. Unusually looking paddlefish Polyodon spathula, closely related to sturgeons, now live together with the inhabitants of the middle reaches of the Amur River.

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    29.07.2021 – Renaissance

    Typhoon Maysak struck Vladivostok last year. Among other damages, it affected the pines planted on the territory of the Primorsky Aquarium. They were buffeted by wind and burnt by salt. Many branches seemed to die off.

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    28.07.2021 – Listen to the seals: Marine biologist Igor Katin is sure that the animal rights support should be science-based

    Six seals and four beluga whales live permanently in the pools of Primorsky Aquarium. They take part in the marine mammal sensory system research program and Igor Katin, Scientific Head of the Laboratory of Marine Mammals, National Scientific Center of Marine Biology, calls them ‘staff members’.

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    26.07.2021 – National Scientific Center of Marine Biology launches large-scale expedition to explore deep-sea ecosystems of the Emperor Seamount Chain

    On July 17, 2021, the scientific team from the A. V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology FEB RAS went to a chain of seamounts, known as the Emperor Seamount Chain, aboard the research vessel Akademik M.A. Lavrentyev (cruise 94) to study deep-sea ecosystems in the central Pacific Ocean.

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    19.07.2021 – The Aquarium becomes home for jellyfish new to Russian waters

    The hydrozoan jellyfish Tima Formosa has been caught in Russian waters for the first time! Now you can see it on display at the Primorsky Aquarium. Aquarists hope to breed this cnidarian that still has no common name in Russian.

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