Published on July 11, 2018

Feeding Time at the Touch Tank: Behind-the-Scenes at Joppa

Feeding Time at the Touch Tank (Photo: Melissa Vokey)

This summer, Joppa Flats is bringing back its popular behind-the-scenes, live-animal program about hermit crabs, sea stars, and other charismatic marine life. Have you ever wondered what—and how—all those tide pool animals eat without visible mouths or teeth? Join us on Wednesday afternoons to find out!

Wednesdays • 4:30–6:00 pm
July 11-August 22

$8 per person

Adults and children ages 5–11 will get a special peek at feeding time in our 110-gallon touch tank! 

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Please Note: Space around the tank is limited—reservations must be made in advance.

More About This Program

Hermit crab in touch tank

"Join me and the Joppa Flats animal husbandry team after hours!" says Lisa Hutchings, School and Youth Education Coordinator at Joppa Flats. "It’s feeding time at our 110-gallon touch tank, and we’ll give you a fascinating look at our critters as they get their ‘dinner.’"

Participants will use a digital hand-held microscope to watch the action. "Our video screen gives you a larger-than-life view of the activities, so you’ll really get to see the details," says Lisa. Participants might see a horseshoe crab devour sea worms, sea anemones lick food off their tentacles, and hermit crabs "beg" for supper.

"We also have an active nursery this year," adds Hutchings. "So, as a special treat, we’ll show you our developing horseshoe crab babies!"