Octopuses, along with several other molluscan members of the Cephalopoda class, are masters of camouflage. Watch how octopuses use their color-changing skills to their advantage!
Arms vs. TentaclesArms vs. Tentacles
If you think octopuses have tentacles, you’re not alone—but the eight limbs attached to an octopus’ head are actually arms. Learn about the difference between arms and tentacles!
Calendar of Events:
OCTOBER 17, 2017 • 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Animal Rescue Update:
After spending several months at our Animal Care Center, Luna the juvenile grey seal was released yesterday in New Jersey!
Terrapin Hatchlings Are Here!
The National Aquarium is currently caring for 51 terrapin hatchlings as part of our Terrapins in the Classroom program! Our team will care for the hatchlings until they’re ready to be sent to Maryland classrooms at the end of September. Watch our recent Facebook Live to learn more!
Calendar of Events
SEPTEMBER 22 – SEPTEMBER 24, 2017 • 11 AM – 7 PM
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
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!
Now that the Euro 2016 has ended, with Portugal besting France in a historic win for the small country, and stateside, the #HRDerby has come and gone, America is shifting its attention to a new, and even more exciting sport: Pokemon Go!
As you fire up your phones for some downtown Baltimore Pokemon hunting, consider adding an additional family-oriented activity or two to your day. There’s plenty for families to do in the downtown area while you’re strolling and looking for Pikachu.
All eyes have been on Washington this week, with Miss DC being crowned Miss USA just as the race for the White House narrows down to Hillary Clinton and her #IAmWithHer supporters and Donald Trump…and his Donald Trump hair.
But there’s also plenty of action a few miles to the north, in downtown Baltimore, with summertime events kicking off all over the city, including a new exhibit and a Family Beach Dance Party at Port Discovery and a fantastic Fourth of July Pier Party hosted by the National Aquarium.
Calypso in Blacktip Reef
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal featured everyone’s favorite 500-pound green sea turtle, Calypso!
Flower hat jellies are now on exhibit in Jellies Invasion, marking a first for the Aquarium! Flower hat jellies can be found throughout the coastal waters of southern Japan in the Pacific and Brazil and Argentina in the Atlantic.