Students jump at chance to see wild, weird, wonderful frogs at Aquarium of the Pacific

Oohs and aahs filled Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific on Friday as scores of students wandered up the stairs, past the Tropical Pacific and around the Reef Crest, and into an amphibian wonderland.

“Frogs: Dazzling and Disappearing,” which features over a dozen types of frogs of myriad colors and unusual traits, debuted to entertain and enlighten the young visitors.

The exhibit showcased the varying environments and unique abilities that frogs have adapted over the millions of years they’ve had to evolve in water and on land.

“We hope to bring awareness to frog conservation efforts through this exhibit,” said Claire Atkinson, senior manager of communications. “Due to black-market trade, habitat destruction and an amphibian fungal disease, frogs are going endangered faster than most animals.”

Hundreds of students filed into the new exhibit, eager to see the creatures sourced from institutions across the globe. They were offered a peek into the different frog habitats that span rainforests, deserts and arctic tundra — only avoiding the continent of Antarctica.

Among the aquarium’s new residents:

• A magnificent tree frog, brought in from Australia where it doesn’t actually live in trees, perched out on a leaf.

• A Northern Pacific tree frog, whose noises are often heard in movies, croaked over a loudspeaker.

• Blue poison dart frogs, which extract their toxicity from ants in the wild, shone bright blue and yellow, telling visitors to beware….

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