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It’s so cold our lobster turned BLUE!

We kid, we kid! Toby, our blue lobster, has always been this shade, due to a genetic variation that occurs in 1 of every 2 million lobsters.

Today, this very special lobster joined our more than 17,000 animals at National Aquarium, Baltimore!

national aquarium Blue Lobster closeup

Toby is the newest resident in the Atlantic Shelf gallery in our Maryland: Mountains to the Sea exhibit. This exhibit depicts the continental shelf habitat off the coast of Maryland and has plenty of cave-like structures perfect for Toby! Lobsters are bottom dwellers and tend to settle on the ocean floor, where they like to hide in caves and crevices.

Toby Blue Lobster national aquarium

In June of 2012, Toby was donated to the National Aquarium after being caught by John Gourley on his fishing boat, the Pot Luck, near Ocean City, MD. He spent 16 months at our Washington, DC venue until it closed in September, due to renovations. Toby is one of the 1,700 animals that were transported from DC to our Baltimore facility, including one of our other new residents, Brownie the loggerhead turtle!

Check in soon to hear more about how Toby is adapting to his new home!

2013 Re-cap: The Making of Blacktip Reef

This year, many of us here at the Aquarium had one thing on the brain - Blacktip Reef

From demolition to animal acquisitions, construction to animal introductions, countless hours of work from all of our departments went into the creation of this $12.5 million dollar exhibit!

As 2013 comes to a close, we’d like to take a moment to look back at how Blacktip Reef was made: 

Animal Transports

Before construction could begin on our new exhibit, the animals in our old Wings in the Water exhibit had to be safely removed!

Many of the animals that called Wings in the Water home, like our zebra sharks (Zeke and Zoe) and green sea turtle (Calypso) were moved behind-the-scenes, where they could patiently await the creation of their new home. Others were moved to other exhibits at the Aquarium or to other accredited institutions.

Want to see how we transport animals like our 500+ pound sea turtle? Check out our video:

Construction

After all the animals had been safely removed from the exhibit space and the necessary demolition was finished, the construction phase could begin!

Blacktip Reef‘s construction process included the installation of a 28 foot acrylic window and the individual placement of over 3,000 coral pieces, creating the perfect re-creation of an Indo-Pacific reef habitat.

Want to see how all of that coral was crafted by hand? Check out our video: 

Animal Introductions

The process of introducing animals into the exhibit began in early July, with the transport of Calypso!

Calypso

After Calypso and a few hundred fish had acclimated well to their new home, all 20 of our blacktip reef sharks were added to the exhibit.

In October, our last animals were introduced into the exhibit! Over the period of two weeks, we added three wobbegong sharks and a huge Napoleon wrasse!

national aquarium humphead wrasse

It has been an incredibly busy and rewarding year. From all of us here at the Aquarium, we’d like to sincerely thank everyone for their continued support!

Here’s how YOU can support the continued growth and evolution of our newest exhibit!

A Look Back at 2013, By the Numbers!

From the opening of $12.5 million dollar exhibit to the release of our 100th Animal Rescue animal, 2013 has been a great (very busy!) year at the National Aquarium.

Check out this re-cap of some of the amazing things our team accomplished in the last year:

With your support, we can make 2014 an even better year!

VIDEO: National Aquarium’s Present and Future

Our CEO John Racanelli visited Center Maryland earlier this week to discuss the success of conservation and education efforts, our stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay and our newest exhibit, Blacktip Reef.

In many ways, the creation of our newest exhibit is the mark of an exciting new chapter for our organization. As Center Maryland’s Damien O’ Doherty put it, “You’re not just seeing a new exhibit, in many ways you’re seeing a new Aquarium.”

As a 33-year-old institution, our hometown of Baltimore and the State of Maryland have integral parts of what we have been able to accomplish and what we continue to do in the community and the Chesapeake Bay region.

Watch John discuss our future in part one of his interview: 

Stay tuned for part two! 

Happy Halloween from the National Aquarium!

From underwater pumpkin carving to themed enrichment (and snacks!), Halloween was celebrated to the fullest throughout the Aquarium today!

Here’s a re-cap of some of today’s activities:

Halloween-themed enrichment

Pumpkin carving in Blacktip Reef

In partnership with Discovery and Animal Planet L!VE, we broadcast our first-EVER underwater pumpkin carving from Blacktip Reef online via our Shark Cam! Didn’t get a chance to tune in live? Watch the carving here:

We hope everyone is having a safe and fun Halloween! 


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