2013 Dolphin Count Results Are In!

Staff from the National Aquarium Animal Rescue program were joined by volunteers today for the annual Maryland Dolphin Count. This year, 113 dolphins were sighted!

national aquarium dolphin count 2013

Volunteers of all ages braved the rain to help record dolphin sightings at four locations along the Eastern Shore of Maryland – three beach locations in Ocean City and at the Assateague State Park Day Use Area.

national aquarium dolphin count 2013

In Ocean City, our team also spotted numerous pelicans and osprey diving for fish!

pelicans ocean city maryland

Annual dolphin counts help marine mammal specialists capture a snapshot look at dolphin populations, reproduction rates and ocean health. Looking at the population numbers over the years can help to determine the health of the coastal ecosystem as well as the abundance of prey.

national aquarium dolphin count 2013

We want to send out a big thank you to all those who joined our team today!

Click here for more information on National Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program and how the general public can assist with rescue efforts!


2 Responses to “2013 Dolphin Count Results Are In!”

  1. 1 Carol Horner July 12, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    i seen few them from our deck at the Carasole Resort i was so happy at my age 67 to see a beautiful creation hope we come there again to see them god bless your state.

  2. 2 Barbara Ross July 12, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    My husband & I spotted two dolphins swimming north yesterday in the Chesapeake Bay. At first we thought they were scates as often seen but they were definitely dolphins. We’ve lived in the Bay for over 20 years & this was our first sighting in the Bay. We live about 5 miles south of Chesapeake Chesapeake Beach. Friends at N.
    Estates saw dolphins in the Bay 2 weeks ago.

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