Posts Tagged 'longsnout seahorse'

Animal Update – January 4

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!

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Longsnout seahorses

We have added two new Caribbean longsnout seahorses to our National Marine Sanctuaries and National Parks gallery!

longsnout seahorse

Did you know this species of seahorse only reach a maximum size of six inches?  Their small size allows them to explore even the slimmest crevices of reefs! This is where they search of food and find coral pieces to anchor on for rest and protection.

longsnout seahorses

As with other seahorse species, when longsnout seahorses mate the female deposits her eggs into a pouch in the male’s belly. The male is then responsible for carrying the eggs until they hatch and the male is ready to give birth to the live young!

longsnout seahorse

Both males and females are typically a yellow color, with flecks of brown and black (allowing them to blend into their reef habitats). This camouflage coloration along with their bony body allows the longsnout seahorse to have very few predators.

Unfortunately, these beautiful creatures are still seriously threatened by habitat loss!

Can’t get enough of these beautiful creatures? Download this month’s customized, free wallpapers of the lined seahorse to your computer, mobile device and/or social platform! 

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

Animal Updates – May 25

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!

Seahorses, Seahorses, Seahorses

We’ve added 15 seahorses to our newly renovated Moving: Saltwater exhibit!

 Although the animals in the tank often look different, all are longsnout seahorses. The seahorses have different color variations, much like human hair color!

Atlantic Shelf 

We’ve re-opened our Atlantic Shelf exhibit within the Maryland: Mountains to the Sea gallery!

Permit

In this tank, we’ve added four permit, two pinfish, one gag grouper, two tautag and two flounder.

Flounder

Dolphins 

For the past two weeks, we’ve been monitoring our dolphin family following a health concern with one of our males. We’re happy to report that the steady incline of Beau, and the entire colony, has continued. All of the dolphins are eating on their own and are regularly participating in activities and playtime. Our animal care staff is continuing to monitor each dolphin carefully. You can read our previous dolphin update here.

As the recovery continues, we are planning a more regular schedule of Dolphin Discovery interactions. Our primary focus is excellence in animal care so our planning will adjust, as necessary, to ensure the health of our dolphin colony. We cannot thank our guests and online community enough for your loyal support and understanding during this time.

Please note that future posts will be focused on other animals. We will always provide additional updates when we have something new and noteworthy happening with our dolphins.

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


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