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Animal Updates – March 22

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!

Lined Seahorses

We have two new lined seahorses in our Surviving Through Adaptation exhibit – a male named Kuda (Malaysian for “seahorse”) and a female named Monroe!

Lined Seahorse

Lined Seahorse at National Aquarium, Baltimore
Photo courtesy of Michael Bentley

Did you know? This species of seahorse can actually be found in the Chesapeake Bay! Lined seahorses can vary drastically in both coloration and ornamentation.  They can range from a yellowish color all the way down the spectrum to nearly black.  Some may have intricate ornamentation on their backs and their heads.  Lined seahorses can also change color slightly to match their surroundings!

Golden Lion Tamarins

Our golden lion tamarins, found in the Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit, have been spending more time in one of the mahogany trees situated closer to ground level, giving visitors some great opportunities to see them up close!

golden lion tamarin

Check out this GREAT photo from one of our recent visitors, Instagram user kfollm!

Next time you’re up in the rain forest, be sure to look up and hopefully spot one of these amazing animals!

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

Animal Update – February 22

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!

American bullfrogs in our Maryland: Mountains to the Sea exhibit!

There are three new male bullfrogs in the Allegheny Streams gallery.

American bullfrog

Did you know? The bullfrog is the largest native frog species in North America!

Breeding males emit a deep bass booming call, sounding like “roo-roo-room” or “jug-a-rum,” that can be heard over a distance of more than half a mile.

During the long spring and summer breeding season, males aggressively defend territory, wrestling fiercely with rival males and attempting to mate with as many females as possible.

American bullfrog

In Maryland, tadpoles over-winter and transform into frogs during the following summer, depending on food availability and water temperature. In the southern parts of the bullfrog’s range, metamorphosis can occur in as few as 79 days, while in the colder northern areas, metamorphosis can take more than three years.

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

Thoughtful Thursdays: Inspiring Conservation in Future Generations

This week, National Aquarium is co-hosting the 33rd annual International Sea Turtle Symposium, which has brought together more than 1,000 scientists and conservationists from over 75 countries to discuss collaborative efforts to save all seven species of endangered sea turtle.

Currently, turtle populations worldwide are in dramatic decline due to issues like habitat destruction, cold-stunning, debris entanglement, incidental capture in commercial and recreational fishing.  The symposium is a tool to share knowledge and encourage discussion around sea turtles in our local community and how we create and/or affect these issues. This meeting provides Baltimore and the state of Maryland with a rare opportunity to participate in an international dialogue and gain exposure to new pathways in conservation science.

As part of our co-hosting duties, symposium participants were invited to visit the Aquarium for a Welcome Social earlier this week.

General Curator Jack Cover was on hand during the Aquarium’s “Welcome Social” for symposium participants to talk about the many species of turtle we have in our collection.

The theme of the symposium is “connections” and throughout the week, they hope to create connections not only with fellow researchers and conference attendees but also with the community and local students.

To encourage involvement, the symposium is providing teacher and educator workshops, live streaming of special sessions to local schools and universities as well as a sea turtle art contest in Baltimore City schools.

The art contest in particular is a powerful way to reach students and encourage them to express their love for sea turtles. Further, it presents an innovative avenue to reinforce the community’s need to respect and save these majestic creatures. Each school submitted art pieces in the hopes of winning an opportunity to learn more about the importance of turtles at special expert Q&A sessions at the symposium. The following local schools have their art featured at the symposium:

  • St. Demetrius Bilingual Day School
  • Poolesville High School
  • South River High School
  • Furman Templeton Prep
  • Dr. Rayner Browne Academy
  • Friends Meeting School

One local school in particular, St. Demetrius Bilingual Day School, took this art project a step further! Students did a month-long science unit on sea turtles leading up to the week of the event. During their visit to the symposium, students had lunch with biologists and conservationists and even took a trip to the Aquarium!

After learning even more about sea turtles, 4th and 5th grade classes at St. Demetrius were inspired to actually adopt a turtle at the Aquarium through our Aquadopt program!

Want to learn more about the dialogue happening at the symposium or the Aquarium’s efforts to save sea turtles? Leave us your questions in the comments section!

You can also join the conservation on Twitter (for symposium-specific news, follow the hashtags #ISTS33 and #ISTS2013).

Baltimore Wins AGAIN in the #SuperFISHBowl

Super FISH Bowl

The competition this weekend between Baltimore and San Francisco was fierce both on the field and in the water, as National Aquarium and California Academy of Sciences went head-to-head in the Super FISH Bowl!

The task for each team was simple: ask their respective communities to show support by “liking” the official contest photo on each organization’s Facebook page. Each “like” equated to a $1 donation (provided by an anonymous donor) to the winning city’s animal care and conservation efforts.

In addition to rallying the community, we had a lot of fun drafting our fantasy “fishball” team and stacking our “players” up against the opposition!

In the end, both competitions were CLOSE. It was certainly a tough fight from deserving teams!

We would like to sincerely thank and congratulate California Academy of Sciences on a great Super FISH Bowl. The beauty of our competition is that either outcome means a win for ocean conservation!

We would also like to thank our amazing community for rallying in support of the Aquarium, with YOUR help we were able to raise $1,310 for our animal rescue program! 

Click here to learn more about National Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program!

$10 Off for Those in Ravens’ Attire on Tuesday!

Ravens celebration at the Aquarium

Giving Baltimoreans another reason to celebrate, we are inviting Ravens fans to enjoy $10 off general admission tickets when you show your support for the 2013 Super Bowl champions tomorrow, Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at our Baltimore venue.

National Aquarium is conveniently located close to the Ravens parade route through downtown Baltimore. All those wearing Ravens or purple attire will receive the discount to our Baltimore venue when purchasing tickets.

ravens victory parade route

The $10 off discount applies to tickets purchased on-site only and is valid for general admission tickets for all ages. Discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer valid Tuesday, February 5, 2013 only. National Aquarium is open on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition, National Aquarium offers discounted parking at the Lockwood Place Garage at 124 Market Place, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. For more information on the discount, visit aqua.org/visit/baltimore/promotions.

We hope to see you tomorrow! GO RAVENS!


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