ATLANTA (November 2, 2016) – Residents at Georgia Aquarium celebrated the month of October surrounded by pumpkins! While the pumpkins made for very cute pictures, they serve a more important purpose as enrichment devices that help mentally and physically stimulate the animals.

The Asian small-clawed otters in Southern Company’s River Scout gallery received a pumpkin on Halloween filled with fish treats that helped encourage foraging behaviors. The giant Pacific octopus in Georgia-Pacific’s Cold Water Quest used her long tentacles to pull apart a carved pumpkin to retrieve food from the inside. Also in Georgia Aquarium’s Cold Water Quest gallery, southern sea otters were treated to three pumpkins festively decorated with food.

At Georgia Aquarium, animals are cared for using positive reinforcement, which helps animal care specialists provide the highest quality of care. One way to positively reinforce animals is by providing environmental enrichment to encourage animals to explore, interact, and exhibit natural behaviors.

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Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that contains more than 10 million gallons of water and has the largest collection of aquatic animals. Georgia Aquarium’s mission is to be a scientific institution that entertains and educates, features exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offers engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit