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Government Affairs Update: 90 Days in Annapolis

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The Maryland General Assembly was gaveled into its 434th session today at noon in Annapolis.

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Hot topics in this election year session include raising the minimum wage, expanding pre-kindergarten programs, and revisiting Maryland’s stormwater law. You can read more previews of the 2014 legislative session in the Washington Post’s 10 Things to Watch list, the Baltimore Sun’s 8 People to Watch list, or see what our partners at Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Maryland League of Conservation Voters will be working on over the next 90 days.

As part of the National Aquarium’s mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, our Government Affairs team is committed to helping shape conservation and environmental policy at the local, state, and federal levels and engaging our community every step of the way. Weekly Legislative Updates, along with our blog and social presence, will serve to communicate the Aquarium’s legislative activities during the 90-day session. You can read the Aquarium’s 2013 End of Session Report recapping last year’s work in Annapolis.

While the list of Senate and House pre-filed bills are available for viewing, the bulk of the 3,000 pieces of legislation predicted to be introduced this session will be filed in the coming weeks. The Aquarium’s legislative agenda will evolve as the session progresses and bills are introduced. Stay tuned for updates on our policy priorities, the status of the Aquarium’s Capital Budget request and education funding, and ways you can get involved.

For more information on how the National Aquarium is living its mission in our home state, visit aqua.org/maryland.

Want to stay informed? Sign up for our legislative update emails and follow me on Twitter for real-time updates from Annapolis throughout session!

Want to know who represents you? Find your legislator here.

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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!

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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.

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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!

Animal Update – January 3

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Two angelfish species added to Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit! 

A queen angelfish and a french angelfish have been introduced into our Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit.

There are over 80 species of angelfish inhabiting the world’s oceans. These tropical fish make their homes in shallow waters surrounding coral reefs!

Did you know? Queen angelfish get their name from the crown-like ring that sits on their heads.

Starry puffer introduced into Blacktip Reef!

Our Blacktip Reef exhibit has a new resident – a starry pufferfish!

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Starry puffers can only be found in the Indo-Pacific region. Measuring up to 4 feet in length, they are one of the largest identified species of pufferfish in the world!

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

Animal Updates – December 27

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Northern Hogsuckers in Maryland Mountains to the Sea

A new group of 10 northern hogsuckers has been added to the Allegheny Stream gallery of our Maryland Mountains to the Sea exhibit!

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The hogsucker is a very distinctive-looking fish with a pronounced, fleshy mouth, which it uses to rummage through substrate and sift our food!

Did you know? These fish are good indicators of waterway health, as they are intolerant of polluted and dirty water.

Clown Triggerfish in Surviving Through Adaptation

A new clown triggerfish has been added to our Displaying gallery!

national aquarium clown triggerfish

This species gets its name from unique look – clown triggerfish have black bellies with large white spots and bright yellow lips!

Clown triggerfish are normally shy and solitary, but they can be very aggressive. Some may charge or attack intruders. When hiding from predators, triggerfish lock themselves into small openings with their trigger fin and bite down on the coral or rock to ensure their safety.

These fish can be found in many areas of the Indian and Pacific Oceans such as Africa, Indonesia, Samoa, Japan, and New Caledonia.

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

Our Favorite Fan Photos of 2013 pt. 1

Every year, over 1.3 million people visit the National Aquarium. Our visitors are able to witness and capture some amazing moments during the time they spend with us!

As 2013 comes to a close, we’d like to share some of our favorite fan photos with you:

Do you have a great photo from a recent visit? Share them with us at social@aqua.org, or on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram and Google Plus


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