06/01/14 5:00am
06/01/2014 5:00 AM
Riverhead AP students visited the

Riverhead AP students visited the local aquarium this week and learned about anatomy by dissecting sand sharks. (Credit: Courtesy) 

Students in Susan Monahan’s AP biology class at Riverhead High School went on a unique field trip to the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center in Riverhead on Tuesday.

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01/07/14 2:31pm
01/07/2014 2:31 PM
Robbery at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, N.Y., victim speaks out

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Looking south toward the Hyatt hotel and Long Island Aquarium from the Ostrander Avenue sidewalk.

Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center in Riverhead is offering tickets at 50 percent off in January on weekdays after 2:30 p.m.

The discounted tickets are for admission to the aquarium and to the exhibition center’s Butterflies & Birds exhibit. To receive the discount, mention it at the time of purchase. Tickets cannot be purchased online for the discount.

The offer runs until the end of January and is not valid on holidays.

For more information, visit the aquarium website or call 631-208-9200, ext. 426.

09/15/13 12:30pm
09/15/2013 12:30 PM

COURTESY PHOTO | Long Island Aquarium and Exihibition Center officials said Atlantic Anthiines are poorly studied and rarely on display at aquariums.

Visitors to the Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center will soon be able to see a rarely displayed deepwater fish — thanks to a snorkeler’s discovery in Shinnecock Bay.

The tiny orange and pink fish was found hiding among the cracks of a rotting underwater piling in just three feet of water – a record for both range and depth in which such a fish has ever been seen, according to aquarium officials.

Avid snorkeler Bob Janke captured the fish, placed it in a jar and took it to his friend Todd Gardner of Calverton, a biologist at the Riverhead aquarium. Though Mr. Gardner suspected it belonged to a rare deepwater species known as an Anthiinae, he tried not to get too excited.

“As far as I know, there are no shallow-water members of this group in the Atlantic,” Mr. Gardner said.

In an effort to identify the fish, Mr. Gardner sent photos to two trusted deepwater fish experts, Carol Baldwin of the Smithsonian Institution and Forrest Young of Dynasty Marine.

The experts agreed that the fish represents one of two species: a Hemanthias vivanus, known as the red barbier, or Choranthius tenuis, known as a threadnose bass. Both are members of the Anthiines subfamily. These types of fish are usually found at depths of 200 to 2,000-feet, making the discovery an anomaly.

“When you talk about depths over a couple hundred feet, very few people are scuba diving deeper than that,” Mr. Gardner said.

“Within that depth range [the fish] would be too expensive to collect and take home to put on display,” he explained, which is why so few aquariums have access to deepwater fish.

Gulf Stream currents are known to catch tropical fish in the larval stage and bring them north, which is likely what happened to this little fish, Mr. Gardner said.

Once the fish gets used to its new home in Riverhead, Mr. Gardner will take a fin clip for DNA sequencing and a definitive ID. It is now being cared for behind the scenes at the aquarium, where it has been quarantined, and has begun eating small crustaceans like copepods and mysids, aquarium officials said.

“Providing he keeps eating and growing, we’ll know soon enough, since the adult forms are easily distinguished,” Mr. Gardner said. “This is a huge discovery.”

Aquarium officials said Atlantic Anthiines are poorly studied and rarely on display at aquariums.

“This specimen should provide us with some unique opportunities to learn more about these beautiful, deepwater fishes,” Mr. Gardner said.

cmiller@timesreview.com

03/18/13 11:00am
03/18/2013 11:00 AM
River Otter pups at Long Island Aquarium

L.I. AQUARIUM COURTESY PHOTO | One of four river otter pups at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center. They are not yet in display for the public.

The Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center is asking the community to help name its newest residents. Four North American river otters, one female and three males, were born at the Aquarium last month toproud parents,Peanut Butter and Jelly.

Cayenne, Nutella, Butter, Jam, Fluff, Sage, Paprika, Rye, Basil, and Tank are the 10 choices of names.

People can vote at the Aquarium’s Facebook page through April 14. The winning names will be announced on April 15.

Also, in honor of the births, the Blue Duck Bakery Café is creating a commemorative “Otterly Yummy” peanut butter and jelly cupcake. The treat will be available through April 15 at the bakery’s Riverhead location on East Main Street.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Riverhead Foundatio to help preserve and protect the marine environment through education, rescue, rehabilitation and research.

The newborns will not be visible to the public for at least another month.