Not including humans, more than 140 species reside at Woods Hole Science Aquarium, most of them peering out at visitors from their glass tanks. Some, such as rescued sea turtles, are housed out of sight until they are healthy enough to be released.
This is a working research station and education center, where visitors are invited to interact with staff as they care for the critters. Touch tanks contain living shellfish (including lobsters!) and other creepy crawlies. It’s always fun to watch the seals, who live and train in a giant outdoor pool.
The aquarium in Woods Hole was founded in 1871, making it the first in the country to open its doors to educate the public about its scientific research.