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
Which Evolved First: The Jelly or the Sponge?
Recent genetics research debunked a widely-accepted hypothesis that sponges evolved first.
Published May 17, 2017
Biologists and geneticists from Vanderbilt University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison partnered to investigate the evolutionary history of jellies and sponges, and found that jellies evolved before sponges.
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.
More Than Meets the Eye
Researchers now know that the white-and-black splotches that give spotted eagle rays their common name form a pattern unique to each individual animal! This was determined using photo identification, which has also been used to show the individual qualities of humpback whales’ flukes and great white sharks’ dorsal fins.
22 FEBRUARY 22, 2017 • 6:30 PM – 9 PM
25 MARCH 25, 2017 • 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Project Clean Stream at Masonville Cove
1 APRIL 1, 2017 • 9 AM – 2 PM
Nassawango Atlantic White Cedar Restoration
6 MAY 6, 2017 • 10 AM – 1 PM
Fort McHenry Field Day
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,