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Happy Birthday, Chesapeake!

National Aquarium is celebrating a very special birthday! Chesapeake, one of our female dolphins, born at the Aquarium on March 7, 1992, is 21 years old today!

Guests can recognize Chesapeake by her short rostrum!

Guests can recognize Chesapeake by her short rostrum!

About Chesapeake

Name meaning: She was the first of dolphin to be born at the Aquarium, so our trainers decided to name her in honor of the Chesapeake Bay!

Gender: Female

Weight: 380 pounds

Chesapeake with her calf Bayley shortly after her birth!

Chesapeake with her calf Bayley shortly after her birth!

Family Tree: Daughter of Shiloh (dam) and Akai (sire), mother to our youngest dolphin, Bayley!

How to Recognize Her: Chesapeake’s body is shorter overall and plump! Guests can recognize her by her short rostrum and slight under bite!

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Chesapeake has a shorter overall body than the rest of our dolphins!

Trainer’s Note: Chesapeake is very energetic! She does a lot of high-energy behaviors like flips, breaches and porpoising! She eats about 39 pounds of fish a day!

Can’t come wish Chesapeake a Happy Birthday in person this weekend? Leave her a message on this interactive well wisher wall or on our Facebook page

Better yet, spend some one-on-one time with our birthday girl and her friends during our Dolphin Mornings behind-the-scenes immersion tour THIS Saturday, March 9!

MPT Feature Program: The Great Aquarium Treasure Hunt

Throughout 2012, National Aquarium staff worked closely with Maryland Public Television to film and produce an educational, 30-minute special, “The Great Aquarium Treasure Hunt!”

Tune in to watch the program at 8:00 pm Wednesday, February 20, 2013!

“The Great Aquarium Treasure Hunt”
This educational, live-action, family program follows the fictional students of South Town Middle school on their class field trip through the National Aquarium! But this time there’s a catch – Science Teacher Mr. Hedgeman has turned it into a Treasure Hunt!

The great aquarium treasure hunt with MPT at National Aquarium - Dewey and Trevor

Join Dewey and Trevor on a wild exploration of the National Aquarium, home to thousands of species of marine life!

Throughout their journey, the students meet and learn from National Aquarium experts.  They explore marine life of the Chesapeake Bay, go “down under” to visit the crocodiles of Australia, discover the frogs in an indoor rain forest and submerge into the Atlantic and Pacific oceans for an up-close look at the array of deep sea life from sharks to rays to dolphins.

In the end, Dewey and Trevor will explore the entire aquarium, but can they be the first team to have all the answers before it’s too late? Tune in to find out!

Check out our exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the filming below! 

A special thanks to all National Aquarium staff who were involved in the filming, especially our amazing on-screen stars: Allison, Beth, Jessica, Kyle and Andy!

In addition to airing on MPT, the program will be played at the Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai Hospital through its internal cable systems in patient rooms and waiting rooms.

Major funding for The Great Aquarium Treasure Hunt is provided by LifeBridge Health.

Don’t forget to tune in to MPT for the premiere of “The Great Aquarium Treasure Hunt” at 8:00 pm Wednesday, February 20, 2013!

Super FISH Bowl: Our Fantasy Team Line-Up

As the competition between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers heats up in anticipation of Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII, the National Aquarium, Baltimore and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco are enlisting the help of their aquatic animals to take their own friendly rivalry off the green and into the blue in the Super FISH Bowl!

You can’t have a #SuperFISHBowl without a strong team! As part of our fun wager, each organization is building their ultimate fantasy animal line-up!

Here’s who we’ve got out on the field:

Kicker – Blue Crab
Cornerback – Golden Lion Tamarins
Defensive Line – Sand Tiger Sharks
Fullback – Dolphins
Linebacker – Porcupine Fish
Quarterback – Blue Hyacinth Macaw (Margaret)
Center – Snapping Turtle
Wide Receiver – Tarpon
Tight End – Roughtail Ray
Coach – Octopus (Poulpe)
Referees – Banggai Cardinalfish
Cheerleader – Green Sea Turtle (Calypso)

Tell us your favorite player & they could be our fan-voted MVP!

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! 

Amazing Experiences Sweepstakes – Want to Go Behind-The-Scenes with Dolphins? Now YOU Can!

Be a dolphin trainerAs part of our Amazing Experiences Sweepstakes, one lucky winner will get the chance to get a behind-the-scenes meet and greet with our Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in our Dolphin Discovery exhibit!

ENTER NOW!

Our trainers work closely with each of our eight dolphins daily to complete enrichment activities, teach new behaviors and study their complex social structures. The social structure of the dolphins at the Aquarium is modeled after traditional pods in the wild. Females live together most of their lives in a social group. After male calves leave their mom’s group (after approximately five or six years) they form bonds with other males and travel from female group to female group for breeding. At the Aquarium, our six females form a group and our two juvenile males are always together in a bonded group.

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Beau & Foster, our two male dolphins, love to play together!

Our sweepstakes winner will go on a private meet and greet with our dolphins, tour the dolphin area, see how we prepare food for our favorite marine mammals, check out the dolphin’s extensive toy collection and learn behind-the-scenes secrets from our trainers!

Our trainers spend a lot of their day prepping food!

Our trainers spend a lot of their day prepping food!

You will get to work with the trainer during a training session, learn how we communicate with the dolphins, and participate in enrichment and play activities, all while working alongside our marine mammal specialists!

So – Want a chance to train our dolphins? 

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!


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