Posts Tagged 'valentines day'

New Infographic: Whale You Be Our Valentine?

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, our newest infographic is all about love in the aquatic world!

Did you know? A courtship dance between mated seahorses can last more than 7 hours! While mating, some seahorses change color and twirl around with their tails linked!

Male humpback whales breach and do acrobatic stunts in the hopes that their moves will “woo” their chosen females!

Check out our infographic for even more animal love facts:

national aquarium love infographic

Want to share our infographic with your animal-loving friends? Click here to “spread the love” via Facebook!

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

Thoughtful Thursday: 14 Ways to Love the Ocean

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We spend the month of February showering friends and family with love, so why not shower our natural surroundings with a little love and appreciation, too? They are, after all, the reason why we can continue to live on this planet!

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As part of our Month of Love celebration, I’ve gathered 14 easy ways for you to show the ocean some love:

  1. Play in/on it. It is hard to escape the respect and awe you will feel once you’ve immersed yourself in it.
  2. Discover what is beneath the surface. Become a certified SCUBA diver – or check out some of the amazing animals and habitats at the National Aquarium!
  3. Protect ocean habitat. Look for ways you can protect or restore vital ocean ecosystems. Join us for a coastal sand dune restoration event May 16-17 in Virginia Beach.
  4. Start at home. What you do in your home and your yard has downstream effects on our rivers, bays and oceans. Fertilize less (or not at all), discontinue use of herbicides and pesticides and don’t dump chemicals into your drains.
  5. Drive less. As distant as it seems, our greenhouse gas emissions on land are directly linked to ocean acidification. If we decrease the concentration of these gases in our atmosphere, we can help the oceans maintain a healthy balance.
  6. Learn to share. We share the ocean with an amazing array of plants and animals. Slow down when boating near marine mammals and sea turtles, make sure you retrieve any lost fishing line and watch animals from a distance to ensure their safety and yours.
  7. Eat sustainable seafood. Seafood is a very healthy meal option, but make sure the fish you eat is caught or farmed responsibly.
  8. Eat locally. See #5. Locally grown food options cut down on transportation in the supply chain and are fresher alternatives.
  9. Learn about ocean planning efforts. Join us for the Ocean Frontiers II Maryland Film Premiere to hear how lessons learned in New England will help guide efforts here to chart a new path for the Mid-Atlantic’s long-term health.
  10. Ditch the plastic. Plastic pollution is one of the most visible threats facing our oceans. Find ways to reduce the amount of disposable plastics you use in your daily routine.
  11. Definitely ditch the microplastics. Microplastics are the tiny plastic particles that show up in popular personal care products, like face scrubs. These plastics are washed immediately down the drain and into our nearby rivers and streams after use. Although hard to see with the naked eye, microplastics are seriously damaging the health of our oceans.
  12. Visit or support a National Marine Sanctuary. Similar to National Parks on land, these sanctuaries are areas set aside to help protect vital ocean resources.
  13. Stay inspired. Check out our live exhibit webcams if you ever need a quick dose of inspiration!
  14. Share it with your family. Form cherished memories by spending time with your family at the water’s edge. It will heighten your appreciation of both!

So, what do you say? Are you ready to join me in giving our blue planet some love this Valentine’s Day?

Laura Bankey

Celebrate Love With Us All February Long!

Fishing for love this month? You just might find it at the National Aquarium, where we’re celebrating love throughout the month of February with special deals, events, features right here on WATERblog and MORE!

  • Planning a special visit to the Aquarium for your loved one? Couples can receive two adult admission tickets and two tickets for a 4D Immersion Film for just $59.95! Valid only for the month of February, this special offer can be purchased online at aqua.org/love with the promo code CUPID (blackout dates may apply).
  • For those looking for a unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, join us for Date Night on Saturday, February 15! Couples 21 and older can enjoy crowd-free exhibits, live music, light fare and an open bar of beer and wine from 7-10 pm (Price: $99 for non-member couples, $69 for members).
  • For more information on “roe-mantic” events and promotions around town, head to aqua.org/love!

Help our friends at Sinai Hospital spread some love this Valentine’s Day! 

Sinai Hospital has launched a special Valentine’s Day e-campaign to benefit their Children’s Hospital. Their goal is simple: send 2,000 aquatic-themed valentines to their pediatric patients!

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To help support Sinai’s pediatric work, head over to their website and choose your favorite aquatic valentine to send to a patient. It’s that easy!

Stay tuned to WATERblog for upcoming love-themed features on some of our favorite species! 

Thoughtful Thursdays: Will You Be Our Valentine?

This Valentine’s Day, we’ve rounded up a list of the Aquarium’s most “romantic” animals! From seabirds that co-parent to seahorses that hold tails, learn how these marine animals show love:

French Angelfish

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Ah, the French. (Known for their romantic flair both above and under water!)

French angelfish form a monogamous bond that lasts as long as both fish are alive. They live, travel and hunt in their pair. If a mature french angelfish is seen alone, it’s usually because their mate has passed away, they never look for a new one.

Clownfish

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Clownfish also mate for life. The male and his mate will live together (in the anemone or reef crevice of their choice) and aggressively guard their eggs until they hatch.

Seahorses

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Seahorses have a very intimate courtship, they hold tails, swim snout-to-snout and engage in a courtship dance. Once the male seahorse is pregnant (yes, the male carries the eggs to term), the female visits him every morning and holds his tail. They also mate for life.

Barramundi

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Barramundi perform a love dance during mating. Every year, the barramundi return to their birthplace to spawn (they also only mate during a full moon). Many Australian myths claim these fish have special aphrodisiac qualities. It’s because of that belief that they’re colloquially  known as “passion fish.”

Scarlet Ibis

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To attract a female, the male scarlet ibis performs a complex array of mating rituals (including a shaking dance and head rubbing). After a successful courtship, the female will lay eggs and the pair will both watch over the eggs and co-parent their young. Scarlet ibises mate for life!

Puffins

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Puffins also form long-term pair bonds. The female lays a single egg and both parents incubate it and feed the “puffling” once it hatches. Puffins will often return to the same nesting site every year.

Happy Valentine’s Day! How are you celebrating today? Tell us in the comments! 

#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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