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National Aquarium nominated at Blue Ocean Film Festival

National Aquarium film, Wounded Warriors, is a finalist for the Blue Ocean Film Festival “Best Short” award! The film documents nine wounded soldiers from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center who were able to live a dream and dive at the National Aquarium, Baltimore as part of their rehabilitation programs.

National Aquarium’s mission is to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, a cause that is congruent with the Blue Ocean Film Festival’s mission is to promote, honor and share films that inspire people to protect our ocean and the life within. The festival is held every two years in Monterey Bay, California to honor the best in ocean filmmaking and is the largest of its kind. It is led and attended by leading ocean filmmakers, photographers, scientists, explorers, entertainment executives as well as the general public.

Among many others, this year’s festival will feature speakers such as Dr. Sylvia Earle, the Cousteau family and Maryanne Culpepper (president of National Geographic TV).  James Cameron will be on hand at their Legacy Awards Dinner to accept a lifetime achievement award for his contributions to underwater filmmaking.  The National Aquarium team is honored to participate in such a prestigious event alongside these big names in the business.

The National Aquarium team was nominated once before for a film highlighting the Marine Animal Rescue Program (MARP).

Click here to see Wounded Warriors and the other “Shorts” finalists!

Wounded Warriors dive in the Aquarium

This summer, the National Aquarium welcomed some very special guests for a very special evening. Nine wounded soldiers from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center were able to live a dream and scuba dive in the Aquarium as part of their rehabilitation programs.

Wounded Warriors Dive

These veterans, who participate in a program called Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba (SUDS), were taught the basics of Aquarium diving and safety procedures before plunging into the world of sting rays, sharks, and more than 50 species of fish. Each diver was accompanied in the water by dive professionals from the Aquarium.

Wounded Warriors Dive

The animals responded exceptionally well and greeted all of them. Calypso, our green sea turtle who also happens to be an amputee, was very curious and interactive. One of the double-amputee veterans was in the Wings in the Water exhibit and Calypso came over to look at his prosthetic legs and then just sat down in his lap. She was a huge hit with all of the veterans, and everyone had a great time!

Wounded Warriors Dive

The National Aquarium is honored to have worked with these heroes, and we look forward to doing this again soon!


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