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Counting dolphins

It’s the annual dolphin count! Tomorrow, July 16, members of the National Aquarium’s Marine Animal Rescue Program will be along the coast of Ocean City, Maryland, counting dolphins. Staff and volunteers will spend a few hours on the beach watching the water for passing dolphins and filling out data sheets.  Teams will be stationed on the beaches at 40th Street and 130th Street and at Assateague State Park. There will also be a vessel-based team aboard an Ocean City Coast Guard boat.

Why are we counting dolphins? Annual dolphin counts help marine mammal specialists gather long-term information about dolphin populations, reproduction rates and ocean health. We have learned that bottlenose dolphins use Maryland waters as a thoroughfare for migration, summertime breeding and feeding along the way.  Looking at population numbers over the years can help to determine the health of the coastal ecosystem, as well as the abundance of prey. With your help, we will continue to gather and analyze this information and learn more about the state of our waters and the dolphin populations that are found off our coast.

There are two ways to join in the fun: 1. Find us on the beach! If you are in the Ocean City area tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon, look for our Aquarium teams in blue at 40th Street and 130th Street. Bring your binoculars and help us count dolphins. 2. Enter our dolphin count contest! Think you know how many dolphins we will spot tomorrow? Text “count” and your guess to 30644 and you could win a pair of tickets to the Aquarium. (Msg and data rates apply.) The contest will end at 1 p.m. ET on Friday. The official count and winners will be announced here, so please check back.

Good luck and happy counting!

Counting dolphins

The National Aquarium’s Marine Animal Rescue Program is hosting Maryland’s annual dolphin count tomorrow, 019Friday the 17th, along the coast of Ocean City! Staff and volunteers will spend a few hours on the beach watching the water for passing dolphins and filling out data sheets.  The teams will be stationed on the beaches at 40th street and 130th street and at Assateague State Park. There will also be a vessel based team aboard an Ocean City Coast Guard boat.

Think you know how many dolphins we will spot tomorrow? Text “dolphin” and your guess to 30644 and you could win a pair of tickets to the Aquarium! The contest will end at 1 p.m. ET on Friday. The official count and winners will be announced here so please check back Friday afternoon. Good luck!

Why are we counting dolphins? Annual dolphin counts help marine mammal specialists gather long-term information about dolphin populations, reproduction rates and ocean health. We have learned that bottlenose dolphins use Maryland waters as a thoroughfare for migration, summertime breeding, and feeding along the way.  Looking at population numbers over the years can help to determine the health of the coastal ecosystem as well as the abundance of prey.  With your help we will continue to gather and analyze this information and learn more about the state of our waters and the dolphin populations that are found off our coast.

Counting dolphins

 

The National Aquarium is counting dolphins!

 

On Saturday, July 19th the Aquarium’s Marine Animal Rescue Team will lead Maryland’s annual dolphin count in an effort to determine the state’s dolphin population.  Annual dolphin counts help scientists gather long-term information about dolphin populations, reproduction rates and ocean health. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries department monitors dolphin populations and regulations surrounding them.

 

Visiting Ocean City this weekend? Please join us for a weekend of festivities and participate in the count

 

Thursday, July 17  
Bonfire on the Beach
9 p.m.
N. Division St. and the Beach

Help us celebrate the ocean by enjoying the evening around a beautiful bonfire on the beach! Learn more about the Aquarium’s conservation efforts and Marine Animal Rescue program.

 

Friday, July 18  
Happy Hour at Seacrets

5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
 Join us for a special happy hour at Secrets. Enjoy special activities and give-aways and support the Aquarium’s conservation department!

 

Saturday, July 19
Dolphin Count

Main location: 40th Street beach
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

 

The Aquarium’s Marine Animal Rescue Program will be counting dolphins by land, and sea! Staff and local community volunteers will be stationed at various locations along the 26 miles of Maryland coast, searching for dolphins. We are also enlisting the help of the Ocean City Station of the United States Coast Guard! If are you interested in helping, please meet us at one of the our beach locations: Inlet, 20th, 40th, 65th, 80th, 100th, or 120th  at 8:30 a.m.

 

Community volunteers allow the Aquarium to have more counting stations along the beach, providing a more accurate representation of the Maryland dolphin population. We hope to see you there!


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