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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 13, 2015 Discover the Glory of Humpback Whales, Flame Jellies, and Other Wonders at The New England Aquarium A group of humpback whales bubble-net feeding. This is one of the most complex social behaviors of any marine mammal. (Photo courtesy of The New England Aquarium) As Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island schools close for February school vacation in the coming weeks, the New England Aquarium is gearing up with a new 3D *Humpback Whales " IMAX film to bring these leg- endary animals into vivid focus as they dive and swim across the largest movie screen in New England. New fiery flame jellies have moved into their new home on Central Wharf, and penguins, fur seals, and California sea lions are frisky and ready for entertaining visitors. Humpback whales are a major New England oceanic star, measuring up to 55 feet long and weighing up to 50 tons. For the first time, these majestic, acrobatic whales get spe- cial treatment in this new film that captures them up close and underwater in Alaska, Hawaii, and around the remote islands of Tonga. Narrated by Ewan McGregor, "Humpback Whales 3D" examines how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play, and care for their young. Nearly driven to extinction 50 years ago, humpback whales are slowly mak- ing a comeback, and the film details what researchers are learning about them as they migrate up to 10,000 miles roundtrip every year. The film opens Feb. 13 in the Simons IMAX Theatre. Some strange but interesting new residents to the Aquarium are flame sea jellies. About 25 arrived recently, and they only live for about three months but the hope is that more are growing and reproducing. The Aquarium's ongoing "Penguinology" program helps visitors learn about the secret lives of three penguin spe- cies - more than 80 birds - which dart and dive through the Aquarium's 150,000-gallon exhibit. With Valentine's Day approaching, it is fun to try to figure out which penguins - which are mostly monogamous -- are committed couples and which had chicks last summer -- part of tim Aquarium's successful breeding program. The Aquarium's main feature -- the four-story newly renovated Giant Ocean Tank -- has more than 100 marine animal species that offer a view of drifting and swimming sea turtles, giant stingrays, eels, and brilliantly colored tropical fish. For a Boston excursion, it is surely the clos- est view of a Caribbean coral reefl You can stroke the backs of small sharks and stingrays in the largest touch tank in the Northeast. See the meditative qualities of jellies, and laugh at the entertaining wiles of fur seals and sea lions. The Aquarium also offers unique get-up-close-and- personal "Animal Encounters" experiences with the "Meet Myrtle" program to feed our most famous 80-year-old, 500-pound green sea turtle and her friends in the Giant Ocean Tank; and "Meet and Greet" the seals by helping trainers feed and play with them; or taking a behind-the- scenes tour of how the animals are cared for, fed, and rehabilitated. Separate charges apply for each experience. To plan your trip or for more information, visit www.neaq.org or call 617-973-5200. Over February school vacation, the Aquarium is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 am- 5:00 pm, and on Saturdays-Sundays from 9:00 am-6:00 pm. The New England Aquarium is located in Central Wharf in Boston with easy access to the Aquarium MBTA station near Faneuil Hall and Downtown Crossing. Since 1969 FOR ALL YOUR INSURANCE NEEDS RICHARD SETTIPANE Public Insurance Adjuster Experience makes the difference! 209 BROADWAY, REVERE, MA 02151 Tel. 781.284.1100 Fax 781.284.2200 Boston 617.523.3456 Free Parking Adjacent to Building Due to his increasing popularity and several suggestions from readers {and after much negotiating on our part with his huge salary demands), our friend Freeway has consented to try to answer readers' questions concerning him or any of our little four-legged friends. You can email your questions to postgazette@aol.com to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions light-hearted! Thanks. To all my pooch friends "Valentine's Day" is near and all our human compan- ions will be getting a lot of chocolates. BEWARE! Pets raiding the chocolate supply can face needless suffering or death. Every spring, ani- mal clinics and hospitals see an increase in visits. A bit of CAUTION can save the life of your pet. Chocolate is toxic to animals and if enough is ingested it can create complications or even death. Symptoms from choc- olate ingestion include hy- peractivity, tremors, racing heartbeat, and seizures. It is risky to leave boxes of candy out anywhere in the house. As little as four ounces is enough to kill a ten-pound dog or cat. Provide pet treats to occupy your pet during the celebrations. Candlelit din- ners are romantic, just make sure that pets are not left unsupervised around flames. Give those pampered pets a new toy or pet specialty item. I would like our human com- panions to enjoy their spe- cial day and most impor- tantly to keep ALL my pooch friends safe. So enjoyl Have a wonderful "Valentine's Day." A very special *Valentine's Day to all my girls at the Post- Gazette. That's all for now ... Life is good... ALL O1 l EVE at King's Chapel, February 22, 2015 Soloists from the King's Chapel Choir with Heinrich Christensen, organ, present a cel- ebration of Boston and New England compos- ers and their music for solo voice and organ as part of the King's Chapel Sunday Concert Series, on February 22 "d at 5:00 pm. Featured composers -- many of whom are connected to King's Chapel -- include Daniel Pinkham, James Woodman, Carson Cooman, Graham Gordon Ramsay, Edwin Lawrence and more. Historic King's Chapel is located at 58 Tremont Street in downtown Boston, min- utes from the Park Street MBTA station. Validated parking is available at the One Beacon Garage. King's Chapel is wheelchair accessible. For further information, please call 617-227- 2155 or visit http://www.kings-chapel.org. ACROSS 1. They can sting 6. *Oscar winner Henry Fonda to Peter 9. __ of operation 13. Traditional Inuit home 14. Site of 2016 Olympics 15. Unpleasant airport news 16. Beach souvenir 17. Australian runner 18. On or to one side 19. *'The Theory of Everything' physicist 21. *Filmed over a 12-year period 23. Take your pick 24. Wild guess 25. Bygone bird of New Zealand 28. Ogle or gape 30. School break 35. Great horned __, pl. 37. Make-up artist? 39. Blind alternative 40. 'I'm !' 41. Where vows are often exchanged 43. Type of track 44. Renaissance fiddle 46. Deity, in Sanskrit 47. A hair treatment 48 *Yearly Oscar winner for Best Film Editing 50. *Warren Beatty won for directing this flick 52. Yellow __ 53. 'My bad" 55. Berg matter 57. Thorough 61. *'The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance' 65. Evian, backwards 66. In the past 68 Like a gymnast 69 Step 70. Create with cloth 71. Easter's marshmallow treat 72. Church bell sound 73. Unagi 74. *Academy Award winner, __ Lubitsch DOWN 1. list 2. Turkish honorific 3. Boatload 4. "Roll Out the Barrel" dance 5. Putting on a new sole 6. Small amount of residue 7. Between "ready and "fire" 8. *Meryl Streep was nominated for this 2008 movie 9. Netting 10. Assortment 11. Carpenter's groove 12. Gave the once-over 15. A seat by day, a bed by night 20. African antelope 22. Argo propeller 24. Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner, e.g. THE OSCAR'S m 1 12 3 58 59 d'sh Make the Switch to Dish Today and Save Up To 50% Call Now and Ask How! 1-800-318-5121 Call 7 days a week 8am- 11pm ESI Promo Code: MB0113 10 11 12 32 33 34 52 62 63 64 PREMIUM MOVIE CHANNELS* For 3 months. ilBO , *Offer subject to change based on premium channel awilaility  StatePoint Media 25. *Alice actress 26. Had title to 27. Cover story 29. *Witherspoon stars in this hiker's story 31. Photoshop option 32. Bat dwelling? 33. Extra tire 34. *Famous march starting point 36. Leave in, as text 38. *Kind of film review 42. Forearm bones 45. *Nominee three years in a row 49. Decompose 51. Claw mark 54. ___ of the moon 56. Gardening tool 57. In or of the present month 58. Created in 1949 for security purposes 59. Obsolete phone feature 60. Bad to the bone 6t. New Year's Day game 62. Bearing 63. *Setting for 1965's "The Sound of Music" 64. Hawk's aerie, e.g. 67." whiz!" (Solution on Page 13)