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Amazing Experiences Sweepstakes – Congratulations to Our First Winner!

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After weeks of excitement and thousands of entries, we’re thrilled to announce the winners of our Amazing Experiences Sweepstakes!

Starting today, we’ll be announcing the winners for each of our amazing prizes right here on our WATERblog, on our Facebook page and through our email, Aquamail.

Today’s winner is Fatimah A. from Sparks, Maryland! CONGRATULATIONS Fatimah! You have won our exclusive Blacktip Reef prize and you and three guests will be among the first to see our upcoming exhibit! You will go on a “hard-hat tour” behind the scenes of the construction of Blacktip Reef, and be among the first to meet our newest animal additions! This amazing experience includes a tour of the Aquarium’s off-site Animal Care Center, including a look at how the Aquarium’s salt water is made and tested and a visit to the exhibit fabrication shop, where coral for Blacktip Reef is currently being made.

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Artist’s rendering of the new Blacktip Reef exhibit, under construction now!

Congratulations again, Fatimah, we’re incredibly thankful for your support!

Didn’t win today? No worries! There are still four AMAZING prizes to win…

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December 18: Experience the Rain Forest Like Never Before – There is only one rain forest in Maryland, and it is at National Aquarium, Baltimore. One lucky winner will help care for this unique habitat side-by-side with theUpland Tropical Rain Forest staff for a morning. The winner will go behind the scenes and learn what it takes to care for the diverse and extraordinary animals and plant, prepare food and feed the exhibit’s 15 species of birds, learn about and tend to a wide range of tropical plants, including a cacao tree – where chocolate comes from, meet and feed the golden lion tamarin monkeys, and help care for poison dart frogs.

December 19: Name National Aquarium’s Baby Loggerhead Sea Turtle – The baby loggerhead sea turtles that are a part of the National Aquarium, Washington, DC’s loggerhead sea turtle early rehabilitation program are adorable! Through this program, sea turtle hatchlings spend time in aquariums where they can safely grow before being released back to the ocean. The winner of this amazing experience will give the newest turtle, arriving in December 2012, a head start towards success with a name to carry him (or her) into the future! The winner and up to three guests will get to have a private meet and greet with the turtle, and once on display, the turtle tank will feature a sign with the turtle’s name and the winner’s name.

December 20: Go to the Extremes in Australia – On this personal guided tour with the Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes curator, the winner and three guests will get the full behind-the-scenes tour of this incredible exhibit, up close encounters with National Aquarium’s most popular animals, participate in feedings, and see areas of Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes not usually seen by guests.

December 21: Go Behind-the-Scenes with the Dolphins – To get any closer, you would actually have to be an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin! The lucky winner of this amazing experience will go on a private meet and greet with the Aquarium’s dolphins, tour the dolphin area, see how National Aquarium staff prepare their food, check out the dolphin’s extensive toy collection, and learn behind the scenes secrets from the trainers. The winner will get to work with the trainer during a training session, learn how to communicate with the dolphins, and participate in enrichment and play activities!

Still haven’t entered for your chance to win? Well, not to worry. We will still be accepting entries until midnight on December 20th.


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Stay tuned this week to see if YOU are selected as one of our lucky winners!!!


Amazing Experiences Sweepstakes – Want to Go Behind-The-Scenes with Dolphins? Now YOU Can!

Be a dolphin trainerAs part of our Amazing Experiences Sweepstakes, one lucky winner will get the chance to get a behind-the-scenes meet and greet with our Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in our Dolphin Discovery exhibit!


Our trainers work closely with each of our eight dolphins daily to complete enrichment activities, teach new behaviors and study their complex social structures. The social structure of the dolphins at the Aquarium is modeled after traditional pods in the wild. Females live together most of their lives in a social group. After male calves leave their mom’s group (after approximately five or six years) they form bonds with other males and travel from female group to female group for breeding. At the Aquarium, our six females form a group and our two juvenile males are always together in a bonded group.

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Beau & Foster, our two male dolphins, love to play together!

Our sweepstakes winner will go on a private meet and greet with our dolphins, tour the dolphin area, see how we prepare food for our favorite marine mammals, check out the dolphin’s extensive toy collection and learn behind-the-scenes secrets from our trainers!

Our trainers spend a lot of their day prepping food!

Our trainers spend a lot of their day prepping food!

You will get to work with the trainer during a training session, learn how we communicate with the dolphins, and participate in enrichment and play activities, all while working alongside our marine mammal specialists!

So – Want a chance to train our dolphins? 

There are five great ways to be entered to win! 

Click here to find out all the details about our Amazing Experiences Sweepstakes!

Stay tuned for more features on our once-in-a-lifetime sweepstakes prizes! Winners will be announced on our Facebook page starting December 17!

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