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!
We’ve re-opened our Atlantic Shelf exhibit within the Maryland: Mountains to the Sea gallery!
In this tank, we’ve added four permit, two pinfish, one gag grouper, two tautag and two flounder.
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!