South Carolina Aquarium Animals Are SO Ready for Star Wars

posted: 12/17/15
by: Danny Clemens

It's beginning to look a lot like a galaxy far, far away at the South Carolina Aquarium. In the spirit of the quickly approaching premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the institution's husbandry team has been incorporating Star Wars-themed toys into its animal enrichment activities.

Over the past few days, a courageous lobster had a standoff with Darth Vader Mr. Potato Head, an octopus took on a stormtrooper, and a sea star was absolutely smitten by R2D2 -- but really, who's not?

"Enrichment is a key part of the animal care program at the South Carolina Aquarium. It often involves treats such as food puzzles and toys that challenge the animals and helps them maintain a level activity that's similar to their natural behavior in the wild," the aquarium's Kate Dittloff tell Discovery via email.

"In this case, treats were hidden in each item, the animals had to use their skills to get the special snacks."

Related: Aquarium Rehabilitates Sea Turtle That Died Twice

May the force be with you, marine wildlife.


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