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Our Favorite Fan Photos of 2013 pt. 2

Every year, over 1.3 million people visit the National Aquarium. Our visitors are able to witness and capture some amazing moments during the time they spend with us! As 2013 comes to a close, we’d like to share some of our favorite fan photos with you:

Do you have a great photo from a recent visit? Share them with us at social@aqua.org, or on FacebookTwitterFlickrInstagram and Google Plus

Our Favorite Fan Photos of 2013 pt. 1

Every year, over 1.3 million people visit the National Aquarium. Our visitors are able to witness and capture some amazing moments during the time they spend with us!

As 2013 comes to a close, we’d like to share some of our favorite fan photos with you:

Do you have a great photo from a recent visit? Share them with us at social@aqua.org, or on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram and Google Plus

Fan Photo Favorites – November 17

We love seeing the amazing moments and memories our online community captures during their visits to the Aquarium! So, every week we’re sharing some of our favorite photos from YOU right here on our blog!

Here are this week’s picks:

Want to be included in one our next features? Be sure to share you photos with us on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram and Tumblr!

Let’s Create a Sea of Social Support for the Ocean!

On June 8, organizations and communities from around the world will celebrate the Earth’s largest life-support system, the ocean. World Oceans Day, first celebrated in 2002, was established to help educate others on how much of an impact the ocean has on our lives and what we need to do to protect it!

National Aquarium is celebrating World Oceans Day with special blog posts throughout the week, featuring important issues relating to ocean conservation, and by hosting celebrations at both our Washington, DC and Baltimore venues this weekend!

As part of the festivities, we’re asking our communities online and on-site to share a photo of their best fish face and a conservation pledge to help take care of our blue planet! Get ready to pucker up!

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Throughout the week, be sure to share your photos with us on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #puckerup! And be sure to check back with us because we’ll be sharing some of your favorite photos/pledges! Check out some of the staff here at the Aquarium showing off their best fish faces:

Here are some simply conservation pledges you can include:

  • I pledge to conserve water. It’s as easy as shortening your shower time and turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth!
  • I pledge to use less plastic. Invest in a re-usable water bottle! Keep plastic water bottles out of the ocean and a couple of dollars in your pocket!
  • I pledge to conserve energy. Reduce the amount of carbon dioxide you put into the atmosphere by riding a bike, walking or using public transportation and by turning off the lights when you leave a room!
  • I pledge to eat only sustainable seafood. Overfishing can lead to an irreparable loss in certain seafood populations. You can prevent this by avoiding catching or eating certain species that have been exploited.
  • I pledge to learn more about the ocean and its inhabitants. It is only through continued education and exploration that we can truly have a better understanding of the ocean and how we’re impacting it.

In addition to our #puckerup campaign, we’ve also started a “Why do YOU love the ocean?” community discussion on Twitter! Do you have a favorite memory/story related to the ocean or its inhabitants? Tell the world right here!

This World Oceans Day, we want to show our blue planet a SEA of social support! The pledges we collect this week will join thousands of others collected by conservation organizations around the world!

Follow the conversations around World Oceans Day on Twitter using #oceanlove and don’t forget to PUCKER UP! 

Let the Social Madness Games Begin!

The National Aquarium is currently competing locally in the Social Madness competition and we need YOUR help!social madness

The Social Madness competition measures companies for their effective use of social media. Voting is EASY and takes less than a minute to do. The companies with the most votes will advance to the next round; please help us be one of those companies! The top local companies will go on to the national Social Madness competition!

Here’s how you can help:

Round one of this competition will end on June 17. At that time, the top 8 companies with the most votes will advance!

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!

#ToadallySmitten Twitter Contest

Looking for an amazing, unique place to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your special someone? Today, the National Aquarium is giving its Twitter followers the chance to win a pair of tickets to our romantic Valentine’s Day Date Night by participating in a special #ToadallySmitten Twitter Contest!

From 9am EST through 3:30pm EST today, Wednesday, February 8, post a tweet telling us what you love. A random entry will win two tickets to our Valentine’s Day Date Night on February 14th!

Here are the instructions:
1) Follow the National Aquarium on Twitter at @NatlAquarium
2) Tweet us about something you love (can be text or multimedia) to @NatlAquarium and include the hashtag #ToadallySmitten

Contest closes at 3:30pm EST on Wednesday, Feburary 8, 2012. A winner will be announced at 4:30pm EST on Wednesday, Feburary 8, 2012. Entrants must be 21 or older to win.

So what are you waiting for?! Show some love and win two tickets to celebrate with style this year!

Click here to find out more about our Valentine’s Day Date Night!


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