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Sink your teeth into our JAWsome Shark Week giveaway!

To celebrate the end of another fintastic Shark Week, we are hosting a JAWsome Shark Giveaway on Facebook and Twitter! 

You could win a sand tiger or sandbar shark tooth!

The overall number of teeth each shark has depends on diet and species. Some sharks can have as few as 10 rows of teeth, and others as many as 300! All of our sharks are constantly shedding their teeth. In general, sharks can lose anywhere from one tooth a day to one tooth every 28 days. The rows of teeth replenish themselves sort of like a vending machine—when one falls out, the one behind it shifts forward.

The teeth we are giving away belonged to the sandbar shark and sand tiger shark species that live in our Open Ocean exhibit. Enter our JAWsome contest and you could win one of your very own!

One of our sand tiger sharks with a loose tooth

Sand tiger sharks, found in the coastal waters of North America, Japan, Australia, and South Africa, can have up to 56 rows of teeth in each jaw. On average, they lose their teeth every two to three days. Their teeth are long and jagged to help them chomp on their typical diet of bony fish, small sharks, rays, and crustaceans.

Sandbar sharks usually have about 14 rows of teeth in each jaw and shed their teeth about every 10 days. The look of their teeth is more typical of what you may have seen before, flat and triangular. Commonly found in the lower Chesapeake Bay, sandbar sharks are opportunistic bottom-feeders that prey on bony fish, mollusks, crabs, and shrimp.

Here’s how to enter: 

1) a. Like the National Aquarium on Facebook
     b.  Like/comment on our shark tooth Facebook post 

AND/OR

2) a. Follow @NatlAquarium on Twitter
      b. Tweet us the name of your favorite shark to @NatlAquarium and include the hashtag #JAWsome

Contest closes at 4:00 p.m. ET on Friday, August 17, 2012. Ten random Twitter winners and 10 random Facebook winners will be announced at approximately 4:30 p.m. ET on Friday, August 17, 2012. Entrants must live in the continental United States to win.

Love sharks? Click here to learn about ways you can support shark conservation!

Vote for our next ticket design!

We’re designing our newest collectible tickets for National Aquarium, Baltimore, and we need YOUR help! Some of your favorite animals are in the running to be featured on our new tickets. Visit our Facebook “Vote for our next ticket design!” album this week to vote for your favorite!

Voting ends at midnight ET on Sunday, July 1. The top three tickets with the most votes (Facebook likes) will be our fan winners and will be produced as collectible tickets for fall 2012.

Check out the designs below and cast your vote!

Simple actions can impact change

This Thursday, April 22, organizations around the world will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. At the National Aquarium, this event marks the global recognition of the need for environmental change.

Let’s make a difference! To show how simple actions can impact change, we invite you to take part in our Earth Day 40th Anniversary “I Like This” Challenge…and Contest.

Visit our Facebook page and pledge to “attend” our Earth Day 40th Anniversary “I Like This” Challenge and Contest event. Make it known to family, friends and the social community that you want to make a difference. Now through Earth Day, April 22, replace your Facebook profile picture with one of the two graphics in the event. By showing your support, you’ll be entered into a special contest!

And then spread the word! Encourage others to “attend” our Earth Day 40th Anniversary “I Like This” Challenge and change their picture too. Let’s see how many we can inspire to make a difference. Can we reach 10,000?

Throughout the week we will be sharing simple actions that you can make to celebrate Earth Day and help impact change.

Simple action #1: Visit local nature centers, museums and aquariums, for fun, family-friendly activities. Often these places will offer free tours or talks about the flora and fauna of the area, as well as some of the history of the place you’re visiting.

Join the Aquarium this Saturday, April 24, during our Earth Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. And in honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, enjoy a special discount for this weekend only: Take $4.00 off Total Experience tickets to the National Aquarium, Baltimore, for visits on April 24 and 25. Max 4 per order. Valid at aqua.org only. Enter code EARTH40.

10,000 fish-tastic fans

We have an exciting update to share…Yesterday, the National Aquarium’s Facebook Community reached a huge milestone: 10,000 fans! With a little help from our dive team, we shared an o-FISH-al thank you to our fans for their support.

A big thanks to everyone who stays connected with the National Aquarium. We hope it continues! If you’re not a fan, we invite you to find us on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube for the latest news, video and photos! Learn more here!

Don’t miss the Aquarium’s Top 10 Holiday Deals

Swim into a sea of savings with the National Aquarium’s Top 10 Holiday Deals of the Season! This holiday, we’re diving deep for discounts on Aquarium everything including gift tickets, gift memberships and winter experiences. 

Starting “Cyber Monday,” November 30, we’ll offer a new discount each day towards an online purchase. Each offer is valid for one day only at aqua.org and a promo code is required.* Look for deals on everything from half-priced gift tickets for 2010 to discounts on Behind the Scenes tours. Total value is over $250 in discounts!

Now, here’s the twist…

The Top 10 Holiday Deals will ONLY arrive through the National Aquarium’s official Facebook and Twitter communities. Not a fan? Not a follower? Not a problem! 

Become a fan on Facebook!
Follow us on Twitter!

Once you’re connected, look for the first deal to arrive Monday, November 30 at 8:00 a.m.

It’s savings made simple and gifts made easy, so get connected today. And remember, a gift from the Aquarium is not only a unique present, but helps support our efforts in marine animal rescue, habitat restoration, education in our schools and in the care of more than 16,000 animals.

Happy holidays!

*Promotion ends December 13, 2009. Offers through National Aquarium Top 10 Holiday Deals of the Season are only valid from 8:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the specific day. Offer valid on items purchased online at aqua.org only.


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