We love seeing the amazing moments and memories our online community captures during their visits to the Aquarium! So, we’ve decided to start sharing some of our favorite photos from YOU on a weekly basis!
Here are this week’s favorites:
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To celebrate the end of another fintastic Shark Week, we are hosting a JAWsome Shark Giveaway on Facebook and Twitter!
The overall number of teeth each shark has depends on diet and species. Some sharks can have as few as 10 rows of teeth, and others as many as 300! All of our sharks are constantly shedding their teeth. In general, sharks can lose anywhere from one tooth a day to one tooth every 28 days. The rows of teeth replenish themselves sort of like a vending machine—when one falls out, the one behind it shifts forward.
The teeth we are giving away belonged to the sandbar shark and sand tiger shark species that live in our Open Ocean exhibit. Enter our JAWsome contest and you could win one of your very own!
Sand tiger sharks, found in the coastal waters of North America, Japan, Australia, and South Africa, can have up to 56 rows of teeth in each jaw. On average, they lose their teeth every two to three days. Their teeth are long and jagged to help them chomp on their typical diet of bony fish, small sharks, rays, and crustaceans.
Sandbar sharks usually have about 14 rows of teeth in each jaw and shed their teeth about every 10 days. The look of their teeth is more typical of what you may have seen before, flat and triangular. Commonly found in the lower Chesapeake Bay, sandbar sharks are opportunistic bottom-feeders that prey on bony fish, mollusks, crabs, and shrimp.
Here’s how to enter:
Contest closes at 4:00 p.m. ET on Friday, August 17, 2012. Ten random Twitter winners and 10 random Facebook winners will be announced at approximately 4:30 p.m. ET on Friday, August 17, 2012. Entrants must live in the continental United States to win.
Love sharks? Click here to learn about ways you can support shark conservation!
We’re designing our newest collectible tickets for National Aquarium, Baltimore, and we need YOUR help! Some of your favorite animals are in the running to be featured on our new tickets. Visit our Facebook “Vote for our next ticket design!” album this week to vote for your favorite!
Voting ends at midnight ET on Sunday, July 1. The top three tickets with the most votes (Facebook likes) will be our fan winners and will be produced as collectible tickets for fall 2012.
Check out the designs below and cast your vote!
This Thursday, April 22, organizations around the world will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. At the National Aquarium, this event marks the global recognition of the need for environmental change.
Let’s make a difference! To show how simple actions can impact change, we invite you to take part in our Earth Day 40th Anniversary “I Like This” Challenge…and Contest.
Visit our Facebook page and pledge to “attend” our Earth Day 40th Anniversary “I Like This” Challenge and Contest event. Make it known to family, friends and the social community that you want to make a difference. Now through Earth Day, April 22, replace your Facebook profile picture with one of the two graphics in the event. By showing your support, you’ll be entered into a special contest!
And then spread the word! Encourage others to “attend” our Earth Day 40th Anniversary “I Like This” Challenge and change their picture too. Let’s see how many we can inspire to make a difference. Can we reach 10,000?
Throughout the week we will be sharing simple actions that you can make to celebrate Earth Day and help impact change.
Simple action #1: Visit local nature centers, museums and aquariums, for fun, family-friendly activities. Often these places will offer free tours or talks about the flora and fauna of the area, as well as some of the history of the place you’re visiting.
Join the Aquarium this Saturday, April 24, during our Earth Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. And in honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, enjoy a special discount for this weekend only: Take $4.00 off Total Experience tickets to the National Aquarium, Baltimore, for visits on April 24 and 25. Max 4 per order. Valid at aqua.org only. Enter code EARTH40.