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National Aquarium is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures.
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The tasselled wobbegong is a masterful ambush predator! The flat shape of its body and perfectly camouflaged pattern allow the wobbegong to sit motionless on the seafloor waiting for an unsuspecting prey to pass.
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National Aquarium Aug 9
Sand tiger sharks adjust their buoyancy by gulping and burping air. Despite their intimidating appearance, these sharks are very docile and slow-moving.
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National Aquarium Aug 8
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Thank you! 🎉
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National Aquarium Aug 8
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Learn more about Omega’s backstory: >>
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National Aquarium Aug 8
On this day 39 years ago, the National Aquarium first opened its doors to the public! 🎂 Since day one, our finback whale skeleton, Omega, has been an iconic centerpiece of the Aquarium. Omega is 150 years old, weights 50 tons and is 58 feet long.
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National Aquarium Aug 7
“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch —we are going back from whence we came.” –John F. Kennedy 📸 : henleyelizabeth on Instagram
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National Aquarium Aug 6
Beachgoers around the world are likely familiar with the sight of coquina clams. These bivalve mollusks inhabit sandy coasts and can often be found burrowing in and out of the sand, searching for food as waves break on the shore.
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National Aquarium Aug 5
Brittle stars use their long arms to crawl across the ocean floor in a snakelike motion. All 2,000 species of brittle stars, which are closely related to sea stars, are able to regenerate lost limbs.
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National Aquarium Aug 4
Eastern ribbon snakes are semi-aquatic and can often be found near bodies of water in the eastern United States. The edges of lakes and marshes, along with vernal pools, are great places to spot these non-venomous reptiles.
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National Aquarium Aug 2
French angelfish are almost always observed in pairs. They forage and defend their feeding territory together, and it’s believed that they also mate for life!
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National Aquarium Aug 1
Mertens’ water monitors rarely travel far from the water. They can regularly be found basking in the hot sun on rocks and branches, and will dip into the water when disturbed.
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National Aquarium Jul 31
“If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.”— Rainer Maria Rilke 📸 : carlmonopoliphoto on Instagram
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National Aquarium Jul 30
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With its brilliant plumage and bright beak, you might not guess that this colorful bird is actually a pigeon! It’s native to Southeast Asia and India, so don’t expect to see one the next time you’re in the city. 🐦
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National Aquarium Jul 30
In his 1751 guidebook “A Natural History of Uncommon Birds,” naturalist George Edwards described the emerald dove as “the most beautiful of all the Dove-kind I have hitherto seen.”
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National Aquarium Jul 29
Needlefish like the longtom are known for their thin noses and spiky teeth. Although they share a close resemblance with gars, the two are quite distantly related. They’re piscivorous—meaning they primarily eat fish—but will also dine on krill and small cephalopods.
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National Aquarium Jul 29
As Congress finalizes plans for the next round of COVID-19 emergency funding, we are calling on them to include support for zoos and aquariums. Ask your representatives to and : >>
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National Aquarium Jul 28
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If you see a turtle trying to cross a road, gently hold onto its shell with both hands and move it the shortest distance possible in the same direction it was going. Visit our website to read more about Maryland’s turtles and how you can help them: >>
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National Aquarium Jul 28
There are 18 turtle species native to Maryland, living on land and in water. If you spot a turtle in the wild, it’s usually best to keep your distance and leave it undisturbed, but there are a few instances when your actions can help to keep them safe!
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National Aquarium Jul 27
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The National Aquarium is proud to be included in a partnership of local conservation organizations helping to maintain this wildlife refuge. Learn more about our work here: >>
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National Aquarium Jul 27
Masonville Cove is a great place for a socially distanced day trip! Located in south Baltimore, this urban wildlife spot is home to a beautiful waterfront and nature trails. Admission is free, and you might even get a glimpse of a bald eagle while you’re there!
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