Published February 14, 2014
Aquatic Life , National Aquarium
Tags: animal facts, animal infographic, animal love infographic, animal mating facts, blue whale facts, infographic, love infographic, valentine, valentines day
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, our newest infographic is all about love in the aquatic world!
Did you know? A courtship dance between mated seahorses can last more than 7 hours! While mating, some seahorses change color and twirl around with their tails linked!
Male humpback whales breach and do acrobatic stunts in the hopes that their moves will “woo” their chosen females!
Check out our infographic for even more animal love facts:
Want to share our infographic with your animal-loving friends? Click here to “spread the love” via Facebook!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Published February 6, 2014
Aquatic Life , Conservation , National Aquarium
Tags: 14 ways to love the ocean, Conservation, conservation actions, laura bankey, national aquarium, national aquarium experts, thoughtful thursday, valentine, valentines day
We spend the month of February showering friends and family with love, so why not shower our natural surroundings with a little love and appreciation, too? They are, after all, the reason why we can continue to live on this planet!
As part of our Month of Love celebration, I’ve gathered 14 easy ways for you to show the ocean some love:
- Play in/on it. It is hard to escape the respect and awe you will feel once you’ve immersed yourself in it.
- Discover what is beneath the surface. Become a certified SCUBA diver – or check out some of the amazing animals and habitats at the National Aquarium!
- Protect ocean habitat. Look for ways you can protect or restore vital ocean ecosystems. Join us for a coastal sand dune restoration event May 16-17 in Virginia Beach.
- Start at home. What you do in your home and your yard has downstream effects on our rivers, bays and oceans. Fertilize less (or not at all), discontinue use of herbicides and pesticides and don’t dump chemicals into your drains.
- Drive less. As distant as it seems, our greenhouse gas emissions on land are directly linked to ocean acidification. If we decrease the concentration of these gases in our atmosphere, we can help the oceans maintain a healthy balance.
- Learn to share. We share the ocean with an amazing array of plants and animals. Slow down when boating near marine mammals and sea turtles, make sure you retrieve any lost fishing line and watch animals from a distance to ensure their safety and yours.
- Eat sustainable seafood. Seafood is a very healthy meal option, but make sure the fish you eat is caught or farmed responsibly.
- Eat locally. See #5. Locally grown food options cut down on transportation in the supply chain and are fresher alternatives.
- Learn about ocean planning efforts. Join us for the Ocean Frontiers II Maryland Film Premiere to hear how lessons learned in New England will help guide efforts here to chart a new path for the Mid-Atlantic’s long-term health.
- Ditch the plastic. Plastic pollution is one of the most visible threats facing our oceans. Find ways to reduce the amount of disposable plastics you use in your daily routine.
- Definitely ditch the microplastics. Microplastics are the tiny plastic particles that show up in popular personal care products, like face scrubs. These plastics are washed immediately down the drain and into our nearby rivers and streams after use. Although hard to see with the naked eye, microplastics are seriously damaging the health of our oceans.
- Visit or support a National Marine Sanctuary. Similar to National Parks on land, these sanctuaries are areas set aside to help protect vital ocean resources.
- Stay inspired. Check out our live exhibit webcams if you ever need a quick dose of inspiration!
- Share it with your family. Form cherished memories by spending time with your family at the water’s edge. It will heighten your appreciation of both!
So, what do you say? Are you ready to join me in giving our blue planet some love this Valentine’s Day?
Published February 3, 2014
National Aquarium , News , Promotions
Tags: Date Night, fishing for love promotion, fun date ideas, month of love, month of love promotion, national aquarium, promotions, sinai hospital, valentine, valentines day
Fishing for love this month? You just might find it at the National Aquarium, where we’re celebrating love throughout the month of February with special deals, events, features right here on WATERblog and MORE!
- Planning a special visit to the Aquarium for your loved one? Couples can receive two adult admission tickets and two tickets for a 4D Immersion Film for just $59.95! Valid only for the month of February, this special offer can be purchased online at aqua.org/love with the promo code CUPID (blackout dates may apply).
- For those looking for a unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, join us for Date Night on Saturday, February 15! Couples 21 and older can enjoy crowd-free exhibits, live music, light fare and an open bar of beer and wine from 7-10 pm (Price: $99 for non-member couples, $69 for members).
- For more information on “roe-mantic” events and promotions around town, head to aqua.org/love!
Help our friends at Sinai Hospital spread some love this Valentine’s Day!
Sinai Hospital has launched a special Valentine’s Day e-campaign to benefit their Children’s Hospital. Their goal is simple: send 2,000 aquatic-themed valentines to their pediatric patients!
To help support Sinai’s pediatric work, head over to their website and choose your favorite aquatic valentine to send to a patient. It’s that easy!
Stay tuned to WATERblog for upcoming love-themed features on some of our favorite species!