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Blacktip Reef Update: Construction

We cannot wait for our new exhibit, Blacktip Reef, to open in summer of 2013! This coral-filled exhibit, replicating an Indo-Pacific ocean habitat, will feature 15 exciting species including blacktip reef sharks, reticulated whiptail rays, and ornate wobbegong sharks. It will also be the new home for some of our most beloved animals, including our 400-pound green sea turtle Calypso, and zebra sharks Zeke and Zoe. Guests will be able to experience this lively reef from many vantage points, including a new floor-to-ceiling pop-out viewing window that allows you to virtually step inside the exhibit.

It’s a long journey to opening day. Between animal transports, exhibit demolition, new construction, and habitat fabrication, as well as the acquisition of new animals, we’ll have a lot to update you on leading up to next summer. As we continue to build the future home of Blacktip Reef, stay tuned to learn about new changes here on our WATERblog!

The past few months have been extremely busy for teams all over the Aquarium! Now that Wings in the Water  has been drained, we have transitioned into full-force construction of our new exhibit space and necessary upgrades of our life-support unit.

The exhibit space has now been drained and prepped for construction!

To protect our guests and animals from noise, odors and dust associated with construction, we’ve built a lid and temporary walls to cover the entire construction area.

This lid separates our visitors and animals from the work happening down below.

Demolition of parts of the tank have been completed, including the uncovering of the deep dive area that will give guests the opportunity to see more of the new reef. This area mimics reefs in the wild that often have deep pockets, where animals can explore and make their new home!

We’ve removed all of our old acrylic windows from the exhibit space. The construction team is now focused on preparing that area to house our new floor-to-ceiling pop-out viewing window that will give guests the opportunity to step inside the exhibit and come face-to-face with the animals!

An artistic rendering of the floor-to-ceiling pop-out window!

Watch this video to learn more about our recent changes: 

Stay tuned for more Blacktip Reef updates! 

MARP Turtles Update: Halloween Enrichment

October has brought a frightful amount of excitement from our staff.

Enrichment, a crucial part of our Marine Animal Rescue Program’s (MARP) rehabilitation of sea turtles, is designed to further engage the animals’ natural behaviors of investigation, foraging and exercise!

Our staff took this opportunity to encourage some Halloween-inspired investigation with our two sea turtle patients. We added spooky window decals to the turtle pools and observed their behavior.

London, our Kemp’s ridley, was initially very curious about the new Jack-O-Lantern and frightening ghost placed on his window, but quickly turned his attention back to his delicious diet of soft-shell crab and shrimp.

Olympian investigated his ghostly crew for more than 20 minutes (with the occasional attempt to bite at them).

In addition to this spook-tacular enrichment update, stay tuned for some additional exciting details about Olympian in the next couple of weeks!

Orioles Magic: Our Birds Support The Birds!

Our National Aquarium birds (and reptiles) are proud that our hometown team, the Baltimore Orioles, are headed to the playoffs! They couldn’t help but break into song…

From all of us at the National Aquarium, Go O’s!

Only ONE Month Left to Apply for a Spring Internship!

As part of our mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, we are committed to developing the next generation of ocean conservationists, marine biologists and global communicators. Our college internship program offers students the unique opportunity to work hands on with our department teams behind the scenes, in the exhibits, out in the field and in our local community!

A former marketing intern Melanie helping out at one of our Cultural Series events.

We have positions available in many of our departments, including:

- Marketing
- Graphic design
- Education
- Marine animal rescue
- Marine mammal training
- Animal programs

Interns have the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge, gain valuable workplace experience and establish professional contacts.

It takes a village to keep our amazing Aquarium running smoothly – we offer internships year-round, applications for our Spring positions are due by November 1. 

Apply now!

Want to know first-hand what interning at the Aquarium is all about?
Read our three-part series “What It’s Like to Intern at the Aquarium” 

Interns receive free parking during hours of work and a 30% discount at our cafe and gift shop. Interns that are certified divers are eligible for a SCUBA dive in one of our exhibits. Students must be able to receive college credit for their work at the Aquarium; internships are unpaid. Students must also be enrolled at a two or four year institution and be able to work a minimum of 120 hours throughout the semester.

During his internship with the biological programs team, Tyler was responsible for caring for this tank! Tyler also conducted research for his senior project during his internship with us!

Again, applications for our Spring positions are due by November 1. Apply now!

How to apply:

1. Download the Internship Application (PDF)

2. Attach brief responses to the three statements listed on the bottom of the application.

3.  Enclose a resume with two references listed.

4. Enclose a transcript or have the school’s registrar send one to the address below. It does not have to be an official copy.

5. Check the full position description for any additional requirements. For example, some positions require a writing sample.

6. Mail to:
National Aquarium – Internships
501 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

If you have any questions about applying our about our internships, email intern@aqua.org or call (410) 576-3888

Happy Birthday Margaret!

The National Aquarium is celebrating a very special birthday today: Margaret, our blue hyacinth macaw, is turning 24!

Hyacinth macaws are one of the largest species of parrot. They are beautiful, smart, and can even mimic human speech. Margaret can say one word – “Hello” (and she says it a lot)!

Hello!

Macaws have four toes—two toes face forward and two face backward. These feet are called zygodactyl, and are great for perching on branches, climbing in trees, holding food and even playing with toys. Margaret’s favorite toys are actually old phone books! She hold them and tears out the pages one by one with her feet and beak.

Although Margaret is a BLUE hyacinth macaw, did you know that her feathers are actually a shade of grey? Light reflects off the top feathers in such a way that they appear bright blue. This is typical of most blue-colored birds. Her feathers are so sensitive to light, that she appears greenish when she’s wet!

Blue hyacinth macaw feathers from different angles appear to be different colors

Macaws eat primarily nuts from native palms, such as acuri and bocaiuva palms, but they also eat fruits and vegetables. Their beaks are strong enough to crack open coconuts. Fresh coconut is Margaret’s favorite treat!

Margaret is getting some very special presents for her birthday today (hint: it rhymes with shmoconut!)

Say happy birthday to Margaret and watch her open presents this afternoon at our 2:30pm Animal Encounter! 


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