Posts Tagged 'Maryland: Mountains to the Sea'

Animal Update – January 17

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Toadfish in Atlantic Shelf! 

An oyster toadfish has been introduced into the Atlantic Shelf gallery of our Maryland: Mountains to the Sea exhibit.

national aquarium toadfish

This species is easily recognized by its “toad-like” appearance.

Toadfish spend most of their time camouflaged within the sandy or muddy areas near the water’s bottom, where they can successfully ambush oncoming prey.

Toadfish are well-known for their “mating song.” Male toadfish vibrate their swim bladders to produce a grunt-like sound to attract females! Listen to the toadfish’s song here: 

Striped Bass in Migrating! 

We have 26 new striped bass in our Migrating exhibit!

national aquarium striped bass

These bass came to us from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR). They are part of the Chalk Point hatchery‘s 2013 class!

Measuring anywhere from 3 to 6 feet in length, striped bass have been a popular sportfish in the Mid-Atlantic region and along the Atlantic coast since the early 1970′s.

Both sport and commercial fishing demands took a serious and rapid toll on striped bass populations in important breeding areas like the Chesapeake Bay. Since the early 1980′s, Maryland DNR has successfully worked with fisheries, fisherman and conservation organizations to revive the striped bass populations throughout the state!

FUN FACT: Did you know? Striped bass, also known as rockfish, is the state fish of Maryland, Rhode Island and South Carolina!

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

Animal Update – January 10

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Guieafowl Puffer Introduced into Blacktip Reef!

A guineafowl puffer has been successfully introduced into our Blacktip Reef exhibit!

national aquarium blacktip reef guineafowl puffer

Guineafowl puffers can be found in coral reefs throughout the Indo-Pacific region. They are omnivorous, feeding mainly on the tips of branching corals and, to a lesser extent, on sponges, mollusks, bryozoans, tunicates, forams, algae, and detritus.

Like other puffers, this species has the ability to inflate with water or air for protection!

Toby the Blue Lobster Settled into Atlantic Shelf

national aquarium blue lobster toby

Earlier this week, our blue lobster Toby was introduced into the Atlantic Shelf gallery of our Maryland: Mountains to the Sea exhibit. We’re happy to report that Toby has settled nicely into his new home!

Did you know? The genetic variation responsible for Toby’s blue hue occurs in 1 of every 2 million lobsters.

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

It’s so cold our lobster turned BLUE!

We kid, we kid! Toby, our blue lobster, has always been this shade, due to a genetic variation that occurs in 1 of every 2 million lobsters.

Today, this very special lobster joined our more than 17,000 animals at National Aquarium, Baltimore!

national aquarium Blue Lobster closeup

Toby is the newest resident in the Atlantic Shelf gallery in our Maryland: Mountains to the Sea exhibit. This exhibit depicts the continental shelf habitat off the coast of Maryland and has plenty of cave-like structures perfect for Toby! Lobsters are bottom dwellers and tend to settle on the ocean floor, where they like to hide in caves and crevices.

Toby Blue Lobster national aquarium

In June of 2012, Toby was donated to the National Aquarium after being caught by John Gourley on his fishing boat, the Pot Luck, near Ocean City, MD. He spent 16 months at our Washington, DC venue until it closed in September, due to renovations. Toby is one of the 1,700 animals that were transported from DC to our Baltimore facility, including one of our other new residents, Brownie the loggerhead turtle!

Check in soon to hear more about how Toby is adapting to his new home!

Join Us in Welcoming Brownie, our Loggerhead Turtle, to Baltimore!

Earlier today, our Baltimore facility welcomed loggerhead turtle, Brownie, from Washington, DC! Brownie’s transport, in addition to the 17 other animals that successfully made their way to our Animal Care Center, marked the 12th day of animal moves from our DC facility to the Aquarium’s main campus in Baltimore.

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After transport and a brief observation period, Brownie was introduced into our Maryland: Mountains to the Sea exhibit!

About Brownie: 

Named for it’s sweet personality and love of food, Brownie is part of the Loggerhead Head Start Program. Run by the North Carolina Aquarium in Pine Knoll, this program gives baby sea turtles a better chance at survival in the wild. Sea turtle hatchlings spend time in aquariums where they can safely grow. After being given a clean bill of health and an extra boost of nutrition, they are tagged and released back to the ocean!

Once Brownie meets the proper weight/size criteria, it will be taken back to North Carolina to be released.

Animal Update – August 2

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!

Blue crab added to our Maryland: Mountains to the Sea exhibit! 

A feisty blue crab has been added to our Tidal Marsh gallery!

blue crab

Did you know? Blue crabs have three pairs of legs and primarily walk sideways.

Loss of habitat, combined with the blue crab’s popularity as a food for humans, has led to serious drops in populations. The population of Chesapeake Bay crabs has grown since 2001, but the future remains uncertain.

blue crab

Habitat restoration is essential for crab recovery. The National Aquarium invites you to help us restore marshes throughout the Chesapeake Bay.

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


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