National Aquarium

April 21, 2024

The many species of dolphins, like the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin seen at the National Aquarium in Baltimore are actually small toothed whales. Best known of the dolphin species, the bottlenose has recieved much attention on its exploits and intelligence. The total length of a bottlenose dolphin can measure up to twelve feet, with an average weight between 500 and 1,200 pounds. It can swim up to speeds of 14 knots and dive for more than 6 to 7 minutes, where it feeds on a variety of fishes, squid, shrimps and crabs.

The aquarium has more than 17,000 specimens representing over 750 species and is the largest tourism attraction in the State of Maryland.T he National Aquarium houses several exhibits including the Upland Tropical Rain Forest, a multiple-story Atlantic Coral Reef, an open-ocean shark tank, and Australia: Wild Extremes, which won the Best Exhibit award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 2008. The aquarium opened a marine mammal pavilion in 1990, and currently holds six Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Of the six, five were born at the National Aquarium, one was born at another American aquarium.

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