Bayley the dolphin turns 1!

The National Aquarium is celebrating a birthday! Bayley, an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin born at the Bayley turns 1!Aquarium on July 27, 2008, is one year old today. The public is invited to share in her birthday celebration during the Aquarium’s first ever public enrichment building day on Saturday, August 8. Click here for details!

Bayley is one of 10 dolphins living at the National Aquarium. At one year old, she is still nursing from her mother but also eating about six pounds of fish a day. She spends most of her time with her mother, Chesapeake, and other adult female dolphins, but also plays with 2 year old Foster who shares the pools with her. She is very active and eager to learn and play, and is already participating in shows!

In lieu of presents, you can TXT the word ACT to 20222 to give Bayley a gift! Your $5 donation will support the care and feeding of Bayley and her 16,000 aquatic friends at the Aquarium.

Environmental enrichment is an important part of the care animals recieve at the National Aquarium. While these items may be seen as just toys, the animal care staff is actually encouraging natural behaviors and giving the animals something new to investigate in their environment. Animals engage in lots of behaviors and enrichment gives them the opportunity to forage, hide, explore and play.  Play helps many animals, including dolphins, develop behavioral skills they need throughout life. 

By providing simple, everyday items, such as paper towel rolls for birds or basketballs for dolphins, the animals can practice a wide range of behaviors. Interested in making enrichment items for your animals at home? Click here to learn more.

Bayley making a splash

26 Responses to “Bayley the dolphin turns 1!”


  1. 1 Shea July 27, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Happy birthday Bayley! You’re a beautiful creature of God and cherished by everyone at the aquarium! I love visiting you and watching you play! Here’s to many more years of splashing fun! Love you!!!

  2. 2 RP July 28, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Happy Birthday little one! May you continue to delight and amaze all who see you.

  3. 3 Mary July 29, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Happy Birthday, Bayley. May you have many more birthdays. Be happy! We love you.

  4. 4 Taylor Goldstein July 30, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Happy 1st B Day Bayley Girl. I’m am 11 years old and you inspire me to one day become a Marine Biologist. You are beautiful in every way. Hugs and Kisses! Taylor

  5. 5 Kristy August 4, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl!

  6. 6 Hyun-Joon Cho August 5, 2009 at 8:04 am

    Happy Birthday Baily!
    I’m seven and I loved all your shows!
    Hope you more happy birthday!

    Hyun-Joon

  7. 7 Sam Niezgoda August 5, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Happy 1st Birthday Bayley! I want to be a marine bioligist when I grow up and hopefully one day see you the oldest dolphin to ever lived. We love you! Sam :)

  8. 8 Trayers August 5, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Happy Birthday little girl, we’ll be sure to make a vistit to see all the tricks and tallent you have to show the crowd. God Bless for a lot more years to come.

  9. 9 Kiara August 5, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Happy Birthday Bayley.!!! I Miss You Very Much & I’ll Be Back To See You Soon =) Love Youuu.!!!

  10. 10 Pinky Sammet August 5, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    It’s already been one year… I remember the day she was born! Wow, time does fly!

  11. 11 MV August 5, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Wish you many many happy returns of the day dear baby. Have fun and njoi your day.

  12. 12 Fish Tank Help August 5, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Happy Late Birthday Bayley. I love dolphins. I saw a dolphin show at Baltimore National Aquarium and I was amazed by them intelligence.

  13. 14 Amanda August 5, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Happy Birthday Bayley! I want to be a marine biologist and help dolphins just like you someday. We saw the dolphin show when we were in baltimore and loved it! We hope you and your friends like your new toys!!

  14. 15 Vaani Shah August 5, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    happy first b day Bayley hope you have a great b day and i hope to see you at the aquarium soon. Love

    Vaani

  15. 16 MJ Seely August 6, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Happy Birthday, Bayley!!!

  16. 17 S H E L B Y August 6, 2009 at 11:56 am

    happy birthday little one :) .

  17. 18 DICK PAIRO August 6, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    You are the medicine that is so drastically needed in the world today. May you continue to inspire those who love you. You bring so many smiles to all who need a bright spot in their lives. Good luck and bring us some little ones.

  18. 19 Alicia Wu August 6, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Happy 1st Birthday Bailey!

    I’m eight,and I hope you enjoy your special day!

  19. 20 Lydia August 7, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Happy Birthday Bayley!
    Have a great B-day and I hope to see you on shows!
    We love u!

  20. 21 sophie August 9, 2009 at 10:32 am

    happy b day bayley you and my babby bro. are the same age .im a 10 year old that lllllllllllllllloooooooooooooooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssssssssss dolphins. my sisters and i allways go to the dolphin show every time we visit the aquaruim.

  21. 23 Emma August 11, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Hi Bayley! Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday to u! Make a wish one your special day! I love you!

  22. 25 Tess August 12, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Well A very Happy Birthday to You!! I’ve seen these dolphins at the Baltimore Aquarium and they are absolutely amazing. You are really cute little one, you almost like you are smiling in this picture!! Sweet.


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