Thursday, September 22, 2016

Staff Blog: Winter at the Exploration Center & Aquarium

By Adam Kovarsky, Aquarium Manager and Education Specialist

As summer comes to an end, we vacuum the sand out of our cars and get out our sweaters. As we leave the beaches, Narragansett Bay drops in temperature to prepare for standard winter conditions, which are not too fun to swim in. And just how we start our migration inland during the winter months, the Striped Bass starts its annual migration south to the warm waters hugging the south eastern coast of North America.

The Striped Bass is the official Rhode Island state fish and the ideal catch for all Rhode Island recreational fishermen. This larger predator in the Bay is a top level consumer and helps keep the checks and balances on point in our extremely lively and productive bay. Soon, the wild Striped Bass population of Narragansett Bay will be re-gaining one of its lost members, Fogarty. Fogarty the fish is a 34” Striped Bass that was rescued by one of our marine science classes during a survey trawl; he was found with a hook still in his mouth. Fogarty has since made full recovery and is ready for release shortly. 

Before we release Fogarty, you can come and see this beautiful specimen at Save The Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium along with dozens of other Narragansett Bay creatures. Our winter hours are Friday, Saturday and Sundays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.. We will also be open for most Rhode Island school holidays. Check our website for special events and openings, or give us a call at 401-324-6020.