Aquarium

Unique among aquariums in Western NC, Catawba Science Center offers fresh and saltwater aquarium galleries for visitors to explore. The saltwater aquarium gallery features a shark and stingray touch pool and daily shark feedings, in addition to a marine touch pool with hermit crabs and other species native to coastal Carolina.

Catawba Science Center’s Expedition Amazon in the freshwater aquarium gallery features a collection of rare fish, turtles, snakes and other species found in the Amazon River Basin and other freshwater habitats in Central and South America.

Saltwater Gallery

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Sharks & Stingrays
See and touch different species of LIVE sharks and stingrays in this hands-on marine habitat. See live shark feedings weekdays at 1:15 p.m. and weekends at 3:15 p.m. (Feeding times subject to change without notice.)

 

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Coastal North Carolina
Explore a coastal habitat for marine creatures. See and touch hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs and observe a variety of coastal fish.

Freshwater Gallery

 

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Amazon Basin
See rare and remarkable fish, frogs, snakes, turtles lizards and crabs native to the Amazon Basin. Look closely for freshwater stingrays and brilliantly colored poison dart frogs.

 

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Amazon Oxbow
Get an underwater view of a variety of fish found in an Amazon oxbow lake – including Silver Arowana, Eartheaters, Catfish and beautiful Peacock Bass. Learn about oxbows, or crescent-shaped lakes in lowland Amazonia that form when a river changes course.

 

Wall of Life
Biotope aquariums display species native to various habitats in South America – whitewater, brackish and blackwater streams, as well as an up-close look at predator, camouflage and endangered fish species. ExpeDSC_0092_puffer1dition Amazon includes electric fish, including knifefish and a three-foot electric eel.

 

Coral Reef and much more…

 

 

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Catawba Science Center, located in Hickory, provides fun for all ages, and is within
a short drive from Morganton, Statesville, Lenoir, Lincolnton, and Western NC.

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