Did you know? It’s National Frog Month AND today is Save the Frogs Day!
Frogs are fascinating animals with distinctive adaptations. With about 6,000 approximate species of frogs worldwide, they have a multitude of traits and tricks suited to their unique environments. At the Aquarium, we have frogs of every color of the rainbow, from the vivid indigo of the blue poison dart frog to the vibrant green skin of the giant leaf frog.
Check out some of the frogs that call the Aquarium home:
Varying in size between the the 18 mm Splash-back Poison Dart Frog and the 220 mm Giant Marine Toad frogs are some of the smallest animals at the Aquarium. Some species weigh only about 0.3 ounces.
In celebration of National Frog Month and Save the Frogs Day, we encourage you and your family to consider adopting one of our frogs through Aquadopt. Aquadopt programs help our frogs by allowing us to provide them with the best veterinary care and food.
Not only will you be supporting our frogs, with each adoption, you’ll receive a Fun Facts sheet to learn even more about frogs and their remarkable features, as well as an 8×10 photograph of your frog and a frog plush. Your gift promotes our mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures while taking care of those we have here at home!
How are you celebrating Save the Frogs Day? Tell us in the comments section!
The new school year has just begun, and this first-grade class has already done something amazing: they raised the money to adopt a shark from the Aquarium!
From Mrs. Detter, the teacher:
“While reading a book about endangered animals, the children expressed their interest in adopting an animal from a nearby zoo or aquarium. After many voting sessions, the children decided to adopt a shark from the National Aquarium. To make this possible, we need to raise $50.”
This is how we are tracking our progress.
It didn’t take these dedicated first-graders long to raise the money needed to submit their adoption papers.
WE DID IT!!!
Congratulations, Mrs. Detter’s class! You should be receiving your Aquadopt package before long. We hope you come visit “your” adopted shark sometime soon! All the information you need for planning a great field trip is at aqua.org/teachers. In the meantime, here are some fun shark facts for you:
- Baby sharks are called pups.
- The sand tiger shark adjusts its buoyancy by burping—gulping and expelling air at the surface. This allows the shark to hover nearly motionless in the water.
- The largest fish in the world is the whale shark, which can grow up to 41 feet long. And whale sharks have no teeth!
- Sharks have no bones at all. Their skeletons are made of cartilage. Feel your ears and the end of your nose. Notice how they’re kind of squishy, not bony? That’s cartilage!
- Any of you have a loose tooth? A shark may lose up to 1,000 teeth a year, or 30,000 teeth in a lifetime! Shark teeth are constantly replaced as they wear or break. The inside of a shark’s jaw has five to 15 rows of teeth that usually lie flat until the tooth in front of it falls out. When a tooth is lost, another rotates forward to replace it, usually within 24 to 48 hours. The process of tooth replacement in sharks is very similar to the movement of a conveyor belt or the steps on an escalator.
Look at those rows of teeth!
- The skin of a shark is covered in tiny scales or skin teeth called dermal denticles. These skin teeth point toward a shark’s tail, so a shark feels smooth if touched from head to tail but feels like sandpaper if felt from tail to head.
- There are approximately 400 species of sharks in the world. At the National Aquarium, we have eight different species, including bonnethead sharks, nurse sharks, zebra sharks, sawtooth sharks, and sand tiger sharks.