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Amazing Experiences Sweepstakes: Congratulations to our LAST winner!

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After weeks of excitement, thousands of entries and a week full of winners, we’re extremely happy to announce the LAST winner of our Amazing Experiences Sweepstakes!

Today’s winner is Benjamin K. from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! CONGRATULATIONS BENJAMIN! You have won our Behind the Scenes Dolphin experience! To get any closer, you would actually have to be an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin! On this amazing experience you will go on a private meet and greet with the Aquarium’s eight dolphins as well as a tour the dolphin areas. You’ll get to see how National Aquarium staff prepare their food, check out the dolphin’s extensive toy collection and learn behind the scenes secrets from our trainers! You will also get to work with a trainer during a dolphin training session, learn how to communicate with the animals, and participate in enrichment and play activities!

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Our dolphins can’t wait to meet you!

Congratulations again, Benjamin, we’re incredibly thankful for your support!

Thank you again to all who entered our Amazing Experiences Sweepstakes! We truly appreciate your support and dedication to National Aquarium! 

A Blue View: Dolphin Intelligence and Cognition

A Blue View is a weekly perspective on the life aquatic, hosted by National Aquarium CEO John Racanelli.

From the smallest plants and animals invisible to the human eye to entire ecosystems, every living thing depends on and is intricately linked by water.

Tune in to 88.1 WYPR every Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. EST as John brings to the surface important issues and fascinating discoveries making waves in the world today.

Dolphin Intelligence Series
October 9, 2012: Dolphin Intelligence Series – Part Two: Underwater Keyboard Study

Listen to Dr. Diana Reiss and John Racanelli discuss her latest experiment with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins here

Dr. Diana Reiss, a cognitive psychologist, professor of psychology at Hunter College in New York, and research scientist, joined John Racanelli for a two-part series on the intelligence and cognition of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.

Dr. Reiss has taken a truly innovative approach to working with these highly-intelligent mammals. In a recent experiment, she gave the dolphins the ability to ask for things by using an underwater keyboard!

September 25, 2012: Dolphin Intelligence Series – Part One: Bubble Ring Play

Listen to Dr. Diana Reiss and John Racanelli discuss her examination of  “bubble ring play” with our Atlantic bottlenose dolphins here

Dr. Diana Reiss has conducted research on dolphin cognition all over the world, including here at the National Aquarium. One of the studies Dr. Reiss has conducted examines what she calls “bubble ring play.”

Our youngest dolphin Bayley starting exhibiting “bubble ring play” at only two years old! Check out this video on how we train our dolphins:

**Due to some technical issues with WYPR’s broadcast, our session originally broadcast on October 4, 2012, discussing Eastern Oyster Recovery, was unavailable to post until now. Click here to listen to John discuss the importance of restoring oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay. 

2012 Annual Maryland Dolphin Count Recap

The National Aquarium Marine Animal Rescue Program (MARP) team was joined by volunteers on Friday, July 20, for the 15th Annual Maryland Dolphin Count. This year, 31 dolphins were sighted.

Three dolphins swimming near Ocean City, MD
Credit: John Soule

More than 100 volunteers of all ages came out between 9–11 a.m. to help record dolphin sightings at two locations in Ocean City, MD — beaches on 40th Street and 130th Street. Annual dolphin counts help marine mammal specialists capture a snapshot look at dolphin populations, reproduction rates and ocean health. Looking at the population numbers over the years can help to determine the health of the coastal ecosystem as well as the abundance of prey.

Volunteers helping to count dolphins on 40th Street in Ocean City, MD

During the 2011 dolphin count, 107 dolphins were recorded, which is relatively normal. This year’s count is lower and is likely a result of several factors, including the weather, bigger swells and food availability.

“The National Aquarium team is incredibly thankful to all the volunteers who joined us for this year’s Dolphin Count,” said Jennifer Dittmar, Marine Animal Rescue Program Stranding Coordinator.

The evening before the annual count, a fundraiser was held at Seacrets: Jamaica USA, which raised $2,000 for MARP.

For more information on MARP and how the general public can assist with rescue efforts, visit aqua.org/care.

Happy Birthday, Beau!

Beau, one of the National Aquarium’s male dolphins, is turning 7 years old today!

Beau smiling at this morning’s birthday fish feeding

Beau day one

Beau with mom Nani, on his first day of life

During one of today’s enrichment sessions in Dolphin Discovery, we’ll be creating a big birthday card for Beau, made out of a shower curtain. The trainers also have some special birthday enrichment toys for him and a nice, tasty fishcicle—his favorite!

Beau, at one week old

Guests can stop by the birthday pledge station anytime today to leave their birthday wishes for Beau, and pledge to help his friends in the wild.

Beau’s 1st birthday

If you can’t make it to the National Aquarium, Baltimore, today, leave your birthday wishes for Beau in the comments section below!


Atlantic bottlenose dolphins pay yearly visit to Maryland!

In late July, our Marine Animal Rescue Program (MARP) held Maryland’s annual dolphin count event. This is just one of many activities MARP participates in throughout the year, in addition to rescuing and rehabilitating animals.

The National Aquarium is one of several East Coast organizations that participates in this annual dolphin count. These counts allow marine specialists and researchers to gather a “snapshot” view of the population status of the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin.

On July 22, our Marine Animal Rescue team, along with members of our Conservation Team and several volunteers, gathered in Ocean City, MD. Record heat index temperatures could not stop them from a date with the beach and dolphin watching!

Teams stationed at four separate locations, including Assateague, 40th & 130th Street Ocean City, and on the Ocean City Coast Guard Vessel. From land, our staff and volunteers spotted more than 130 dolphins, some of which were neonates and young of the year.

Surprisingly, there are no marine mammals indigenous to Maryland. Rather, many species are spotted traveling through our area at various times of the year. We have learned that bottlenose dolphins use Maryland waters as a thoroughfare for migration, summertime breeding, and feeding along their travels. The most prevalent bottlenose dolphin populations are visible in the month of July, when the water temperatures hover around the mid-70s.

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