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From Horseshoe Crabs To Halibut, How One Man Helps Keep 33,000 Aquarium Animals Healthy

Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd spent a morning doing rounds with Charlie Innis, the New England Aquarium's director of animal health.
Innis examines a horseshoe crab that has fallen ill after spending years in an aquarium touch tank. (Peter O'Dowd/Here & Now)

The head veterinarian at the New England Aquarium is responsible for more than 33,000 animals and 855 different species.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd spent a morning doing rounds with Charlie Innis, the aquarium’s director of animal health.

Interview Highlights

On health emergencies he deals with

“We have really eliminated most of the types of illnesses that [African penguins] would experience in the wild, and so

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