‘Monster Fish’ exhibit opens Nov. 10 at Scottsdale aquarium

Zeb Hogan, aquatic ecologist, spent years studying the fish species profiled in an upcoming OdySea Aquarium exhibit. (Submitted photo)

Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants opens Saturday Nov. 10 at OdySea Aquarium, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale.

Dr. Zeb Hogan, aquatic ecologist, National Geographic Fellow and host of the Nat Geo WILD series “Monster Fish,” has spent nearly two decades searching for and studying the rare, large freshwater fish species profiled in the exhibition.

The interactive exhibition will include five life-size sculptures of monster fish as well as videos and hands-on activities for all ages, according to a release.

Monster Fish, which will remain open at the aquarium until May 5, “takes visitors on a journey to river basins around the world to learn about colossal fish and the people that depend on them,” the release stated. “Through detailed maps, sculptures and custom illustrations, the exhibition showcases close to 20 fish species and their diverse freshwater ecosystems.”

In addition to highlighting the biology of each species, the exhibit depicts the cultural ties between the fish and local people, according to the release.

“This fascinating exhibition is a trip around the world with one of Nat Geo’s favorite explorers in search of bizarre and extraordinary species of freshwater fish,” stated Kathryn Keane, National Geographic’s vice president of Public Experiences. “Zeb Hogan shows us that despite their size, these fish are an increasingly fragile link in some of the most important freshwater ecosystems on Earth.”

OdySea Aquarium is open 365 days a year beginning at 9 a.m. Closing time varies. Check odyseaaquarium.com for details.

Admission tickets are available online and at the onsite box office. The cost is $37.95 for adults and $27.95 per child.

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