Posts Tagged 'Australia'



Thoughtful Thursdays: Conserving Australia’s Natural Wonders

In honor of our upcoming Australia Day celebration, today’s Thoughtful Thursday highlights the issues facing Australia’s fragile marine ecosystems.  

“Grief for the Reef” 

Possibly the most iconic coral reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef, is home to close to 6,000 different species of marine life. Since becoming a protected marine park in 1975, researchers have closely monitored the effects pollution, overfishing and ocean acidification have on the overall health of the reef and its inhabitants.

Thanks to "Finding Nemo" the Great Barrier Reef and species like the percula clownfish have become loved by many!

Thanks to “Finding Nemo” the Great Barrier Reef and
species like the clownfish have become treasured
icons for coral reef ecosystems!

Although it has been historically well-protected (due in part to its global popularity), the reef has still been devastated by these effects. In the last 27 years, the Great Barrier Reef has lost 50 percent of its coral.

Without immediate action to curb pollution and activities that contribute to climate change, the reef’s future is grim.

Ocean acidification has caused coral bleaching on parts of the reef. Photo via CS Monitor

Ocean acidification has caused coral bleaching on parts of the reef. Photo via CS Monitor

Here’s what you can do to help save our coral reefs worldwide: 

  • Use less water. The less water you use, the less runoff and waste will pollute our oceans.
  • Walk, bike or ride the bus. Fossil fuel emissions from cars and industry raise lead to ocean warming which causes mass-bleaching of corals and can lead to widespread destruction of reefs.
  • Practice safe and responsible diving and snorkeling. Do not touch the reef or anchor your boat on the reef. Contact with the coral will damage the delicate coral animals, and anchoring on the reef can kill it, so look for sandy bottom or use moorings if available.
  • Learn more about National Aquarium’s conservation initiatives to save coral reefs.

Amazing Experiences Sweepstakes: Congratulations to our Fourth Winner!

Australia winner

After weeks of excitement and thousands of entries, we’re happy to announce the winners of our Amazing Experiences Sweepstakes!

All week we’ve been announcing the winners for each of our amazing prizes right here on our WATERblog, on our Facebook page and through our email, Aquamail.

Today’s winner is Kelly S. from Alexandria, Virginia! CONGRATULATIONS KELLY! You have won our Behind-the-Scenes Australia experience! On this personal guided tour with our Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes curator, you and three guests will get the full behind-the-scenes look of this incredible exhibit and an up close encounters with some of our most popular animals! You’ll also get to participate in feedings and see areas of Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes not usually seen by guests!

Australia waterfall

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

Didn’t win today? There is still ONE AMAZING PRIZE TO WIN…Enter today!

sweepstakes

December 21: Go Behind-the-Scenes with the Dolphins - To get any closer, you would actually have to be an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin! The lucky winner of this amazing experience will go on a private meet and greet with the Aquarium’s dolphins, tour the dolphin area, see how National Aquarium staff prepare their food, check out the dolphin’s extensive toy collection, and learn behind the scenes secrets from the trainers. The winner will get to work with the trainer during a training session, learn how to communicate with the dolphins, and participate in enrichment and play activities!

Still haven’t entered for your chance to win? Well, not to worry. We will still be accepting entries until midnight tonight, December 20th.

ENTER NOW!

How To Enter:
Five Great Ways to be Automatically Entered to Win:

Stay tuned tomorrow to see if YOU are selected as our last lucky winner!!!

Amazing Experiences Sweepstakes – Congratulations to Our First Winner!

blacktip reef winner

After weeks of excitement and thousands of entries, we’re thrilled to announce the winners of our Amazing Experiences Sweepstakes!

Starting today, we’ll be announcing the winners for each of our amazing prizes right here on our WATERblog, on our Facebook page and through our email, Aquamail.

Today’s winner is Fatimah A. from Sparks, Maryland! CONGRATULATIONS Fatimah! You have won our exclusive Blacktip Reef prize and you and three guests will be among the first to see our upcoming exhibit! You will go on a “hard-hat tour” behind the scenes of the construction of Blacktip Reef, and be among the first to meet our newest animal additions! This amazing experience includes a tour of the Aquarium’s off-site Animal Care Center, including a look at how the Aquarium’s salt water is made and tested and a visit to the exhibit fabrication shop, where coral for Blacktip Reef is currently being made.

Blacktip Reef

Artist’s rendering of the new Blacktip Reef exhibit, under construction now!

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

Didn’t win today? No worries! There are still four AMAZING prizes to win…

amazing experiences prizes

December 18: Experience the Rain Forest Like Never Before - There is only one rain forest in Maryland, and it is at National Aquarium, Baltimore. One lucky winner will help care for this unique habitat side-by-side with theUpland Tropical Rain Forest staff for a morning. The winner will go behind the scenes and learn what it takes to care for the diverse and extraordinary animals and plant, prepare food and feed the exhibit’s 15 species of birds, learn about and tend to a wide range of tropical plants, including a cacao tree – where chocolate comes from, meet and feed the golden lion tamarin monkeys, and help care for poison dart frogs.

December 19: Name National Aquarium’s Baby Loggerhead Sea TurtleThe baby loggerhead sea turtles that are a part of the National Aquarium, Washington, DC’s loggerhead sea turtle early rehabilitation program are adorable! Through this program, sea turtle hatchlings spend time in aquariums where they can safely grow before being released back to the ocean. The winner of this amazing experience will give the newest turtle, arriving in December 2012, a head start towards success with a name to carry him (or her) into the future! The winner and up to three guests will get to have a private meet and greet with the turtle, and once on display, the turtle tank will feature a sign with the turtle’s name and the winner’s name.

December 20: Go to the Extremes in Australia - On this personal guided tour with the Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes curator, the winner and three guests will get the full behind-the-scenes tour of this incredible exhibit, up close encounters with National Aquarium’s most popular animals, participate in feedings, and see areas of Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes not usually seen by guests.

December 21: Go Behind-the-Scenes with the Dolphins - To get any closer, you would actually have to be an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin! The lucky winner of this amazing experience will go on a private meet and greet with the Aquarium’s dolphins, tour the dolphin area, see how National Aquarium staff prepare their food, check out the dolphin’s extensive toy collection, and learn behind the scenes secrets from the trainers. The winner will get to work with the trainer during a training session, learn how to communicate with the dolphins, and participate in enrichment and play activities!

Still haven’t entered for your chance to win? Well, not to worry. We will still be accepting entries until midnight on December 20th.

ENTER NOW!

How To Enter:
Five Great Ways to be Automatically Entered to Win:

Stay tuned this week to see if YOU are selected as one of our lucky winners!!!

Amazing Experiences Sweepstakes – Take a Trip Down Under in our Australia Exhibit!

Australia

As part of our Amazing Experiences Sweepstakes, one lucky winner will get to experience our Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes exhibit like no other guests ever have!

Start a barramundi feeding frenzy in our Allegheny waterfall; say hello to our cockatoo and tawny frogmouth; compare smiles with Pepe the crocodile!

During your behind-the-scenes visit, you'll meet our Tawny Frogmouth!

During your behind-the-scenes visit, you’ll meet Froggy, our Tawny Frogmouth!

The winner will have a change to visit the very top of the exhibit to meet our grey-headed flying foxes and learn if the myths about bats are true. Then “go goannas” when you meet and learn about our outback monitor lizard—or goanna.

We have a diverse collection of reptiles native to the Australian outback, like this Spiny-tailed monitor.

We have a diverse collection of reptiles native to the Australian outback, like this Spiny-tailed monitor.

On this personal guided tour with our exhibit curator, you will get the full behind-the-scenes tour of this incredible exhibit, up close encounters with our most popular animals, participate in feedings, and see areas of Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes not usually seen by our guests.

Our little slice of Australia (conveniently located in Baltimore) offers visitors a truly immersive experience:  as you walk through the bottom of the northern river gorge, get close to 1,800 individual native animals representing 120 species, many of these unique and unusual animals are found only in Australia.

So – Want a chance to take a trip to Outback without leaving the Inner Harbor?

There are five great ways to be entered to win! 

Click here to find out all the details about our Amazing Experiences Sweepstakes!

Stay tuned for more features on our once-in-a-lifetime sweepstakes prizes! Winners will be announced on our Facebook page starting December 17!

Animal Update – September 21

Between our Baltimore and Washington, DC, venues, more than 17,500 animals representing 900 species call the National Aquarium home. There are constant changes, additions, and more going on behind the scenes that our guests may not notice during their visit. We want to share these fun updates with our community so we’re bringing them to you in our weekly Animal Update posts!

Check our blog every Friday to find out what’s going on… here’s what’s new this week!

Green wing doves in Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes

We’ve introduced green wing doves to our Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes exhibit this week.

Our green wing dove and her chicks!

 Our dove has imprinted on humans and so she is much friendlier and less easily spooked than the rest of our dove population. They can easily be seen roaming our exhibit!

Be sure to check back every Friday to find out what’s happening!


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