5/13/13

Special Video: Goosefish Laying an Egg Veil!

For a couple years now, we have been sharing the story of the goosefish egg veil.  It's almost become a right of spring. This pretty lady produces a mass of eggs that gracefully billow and sway in the currents of the exhibit. It's a fleeting addition to the goosefish display, remaining on exhibit for only a couple days.

The goosefish


But we have never recorded the goosefish in the act of laying her gossamer egg veil. That changed when senior aquarist Bill Murphy was in the right place at the right time with his camera phone. Take a look at this video shot yesterday in the Aquarium's Northern Waters gallery.




As you can see in this video of last year's egg veil, the egg veil is composed of a thin sheet of as many as 2 million eggs. Here are some more pictures of this year's egg veil.

The egg veil usually contains between 1 and 2 million eggs!

Visitors can watch the egg veil gracefully drift throughout the exhibit for the next couple days. 

These eggs are not fertilized because there is no male in the exhibit.

If you were thinking of visiting the Aquarium "one of these days," well, it's time. Plan your visit today. You won't be able to see the egg veil for very long and you won't want to miss this.  

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