Counting dolphins

 

The National Aquarium is counting dolphins!

 

On Saturday, July 19th the Aquarium’s Marine Animal Rescue Team will lead Maryland’s annual dolphin count in an effort to determine the state’s dolphin population.  Annual dolphin counts help scientists gather long-term information about dolphin populations, reproduction rates and ocean health. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries department monitors dolphin populations and regulations surrounding them.

 

Visiting Ocean City this weekend? Please join us for a weekend of festivities and participate in the count

 

Thursday, July 17  
Bonfire on the Beach
9 p.m.
N. Division St. and the Beach

Help us celebrate the ocean by enjoying the evening around a beautiful bonfire on the beach! Learn more about the Aquarium’s conservation efforts and Marine Animal Rescue program.

 

Friday, July 18  
Happy Hour at Seacrets

5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
 Join us for a special happy hour at Secrets. Enjoy special activities and give-aways and support the Aquarium’s conservation department!

 

Saturday, July 19
Dolphin Count

Main location: 40th Street beach
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

 

The Aquarium’s Marine Animal Rescue Program will be counting dolphins by land, and sea! Staff and local community volunteers will be stationed at various locations along the 26 miles of Maryland coast, searching for dolphins. We are also enlisting the help of the Ocean City Station of the United States Coast Guard! If are you interested in helping, please meet us at one of the our beach locations: Inlet, 20th, 40th, 65th, 80th, 100th, or 120th  at 8:30 a.m.

 

Community volunteers allow the Aquarium to have more counting stations along the beach, providing a more accurate representation of the Maryland dolphin population. We hope to see you there!

2 Responses to “Counting dolphins”


  1. 1 notoriousblg July 22, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    I would love to see an update on this story. How many dolphins did the team see?

  2. 2 National Aquarium July 24, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Our team of volunteers on land and by boat counted 66 dolphins! The groups of dolphins were lively and seemed to be healthy, and we even saw a few calves.


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