Make Way for Pufflings!
We’re excited to welcome three new puffin chicks—Gnocchi, Viola and Willow—to our Sea Cliffs exhibit! This is the first time more than two puffin chicks have hatched in a single season at the Aquarium.
Floating Wetland Prototype Installed
A floating wetland prototype that mimics a natural tidal salt marsh habitat has been installed between Piers 3 and 4! This prototype is the next step in our plan to revitalize Baltimore’s Inner Harbor through our Waterfront Campus, which will reintroduce wetland habitats for native species and provide local students with a living classroom.
Calendar of Events
SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 • 10 AM – 1 PM
Fort McHenry Field Day
It’s Sea Turtle Week and15th National Aquarium Anniversary!
Celebrate the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sea Turtle Week by learning about the journey of Calypso, our rescued green sea turtle.
Phil And Luna Update!
Our Animal Rescue and Animal Health teams continue to care for a juvenile grey seal nicknamed Luna and a male harbor seal nicknamed Phil. They’re both showing signs of improvement in their overall health!
Calendar of Events
JUNE 24, 2017 • 10 AM – 2 PM
BioBlitz at Masonville Cove
So You Want to be a Marine Scientist
The marine science field offers lots of important and fascinating career opportunities—from exploring the ocean to addressing climate change, and developing new drugs to caring for aquatic animals and habitats. Knowing where to start can be a challenge, so we’ve compiled some resources to help!
Light City, the first large-scale festival of light, music and innovation in the United States, is set to make its stunning return to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and neighborhoods throughout the city from March 31 through April 8, 2017.
Read to Reef Returns
The Read to Reef program offers free admission to the Aquarium for participating Baltimore children up to fifth grade with a Pratt Library card. Children read five aquatic-themed books to gain free admission to the Aquarium for themselves and up to three guests!
Baby Cockatiels in Australia!
Three cockatiel chicks have hatched in our Australia: Wild Extremes exhibit! Weighing just two grams at birth, the chicks are now close to 90 grams and fully fledged, meaning they’ve grown their colorful feathers!
The National Aquarium community is mourning the loss of Nani, the oldest of our Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Late Monday afternoon, Nani began to exhibit unusual behavior. Although our animal care team responded and provided emergency care immediately, Nani was unable to recover and passed away on Monday evening. Efforts are underway to determine her cause of death.
At approximately 44 years of age, Nani was the matriarch of the dolphins residing at the National Aquarium and the mother of Spirit and Beau.
We feel so fortunate to have had Nani in our lives, and we are sure that many of our volunteers,
Chesapeake Bay Shows Signs of Health
Published February 01, 2017
A report released last month shows the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay is better than it has been in decades!
The Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary, is evaluated every two years by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s State of the Bay report. Scientists compile data for 13 indicators in three major categories: pollution, habitat and fisheries. In this year’s report, 9 of the 13 indicators showed improvement from the last report and each of the three categories improved overall!
The continued improvement of the Bay is great news for the species that call it home. The new report showed that the blue crab population has increased significantly. Since 2014, the total number of crabs has grown from 297 million to 553 million!
A Moment of Zen
You can now tune into our Jellies Invasion exhibit from anywhere in the world! Our new jellies cam highlights the blue blubber jelly, a species that actually ranges in color from a snowy white to a dark violet. Watch these animals pulse for a minute or two and feel the stresses of the day melt away. Harbor Park Garage also covers you if you ever need National Aquarium Parking.