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.
The news cycle has been wild lately. We’ve felt fear, then relief, following the story of the kidnapping (and rescue) of Tennessee girl Carlie Trent. We’ve laughed and rolled our eyes at the announcement that Rob Gronkowski will be on the cover of Madden NFL 17. We’ve devoured every story about Paul Ryan’s meeting with Donald Trump. And we’ve cared way more than we probably should about what’s happening with the cast of Empire.
Add all of that to weeks of rain, with only scant glimpses of the sun, and Baltimore is more than a little punchy.
Explore the Monsters of the Sea
at National Aquarium’s 4-D Immersion Theater
It’s been a long, cold week in Baltimore, filled with snowy talk of Super Delegates, caucuses and all sorts of Hillary Clinton-Bernie Sanders-Donald Trump drama. Whether you’re feeling the “bern,” in it with Hillary or part of Trump Nation, after a week like this one, you probably need a break. We all do.
The National Aquarium in Baltimore offers the perfect diversion. At the Aquarium’s 4-D immersion theater, get to know a type of monster that’s completely unrelated to the political arena. Sea Monsters 4-D: A Prehistoric Adventure introduces viewers to the creatures that inhabited the sea during the Age of Dinosaurs.