national aquarium

Mar 20, 2020

Aquarium releases rescued seal back into habitat

The National Aquarium has released a harp seal rescued from Ocean City after severe dehydration.

Feb 4, 2020

Baltimore Aquarium sea turtle ‘Calypso’ dies suddenly

Officials at the National Aquarium in Baltimore are trying to determine why Calypso, a 500-pound (227-kilogram) sea turtle who had been in its care for nearly 20 years, died unexpectedly over the weekend.

Apr 19, 2018

Donor pledges $300k to move National Aquarium dolphins to sanctuary

The tour operator Virgin Holidays is pledging $300,000 to help move seven dolphins from the National Aquarium in Baltimore to a seaside sanctuary.

Jun 27, 2017

This seal is 200th rescued animal released by National Aquarium

As a smiling woman opened a crate Tuesday, a harbor seal inside could see the ocean for the first time in months. The seal slowly approached the water at Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. He paused for a few moments to let waves break closer to his body. Then with a start, he bounded […]

Apr 20, 2017

Rescued seal recovering at National Aquarium in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) — A harbor seal that accidentally traveled 12 miles into central Delaware and stranded himself in mud has been rescued and is recovering at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. The seal, called Phil, was rescued last week after swimming up a river and then into an area with little water. Aquarium officials said […]

Mar 1, 2017

National Aquarium’s oldest dolphin, Nani, dies at 44

The National Aquarium says its oldest Atlantic bottlenose dolphin has died. The aquarium said in a statement Tuesday that 44-year-old Nani exhibited unusual behavior on Monday and died that evening despite emergency care from the animal care team. The aquarium says veterinarians are trying to determine the cause of death. Aquarium officials say dolphins in […]

Feb 2, 2017

National Aquarium touts new rescue center’s potential

The National Aquarium Thursday showed off its vision for the nonprofit’s new Animal Care and Rescue Center in Jonestown. John Racanelli, National Aquarium CEO, explained plans for the new facility, at 901 E. Fayette St., during a news media event on Tuesday. Racanelli touted the new center as a way to expand the organization’s reach into […]

Feb 1, 2017

Sale of Port Covington properties to Sagamore allows Aquarium to pay off $5M loan

A subsidiary of the National Aquarium sold its Port Covington properties — obtained from Baltimore about a decade ago — to a developer, and collected $2.97 million more than it paid, according to state property records. Previously, the organization and former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s administration told news media that purchase agreements prevented the Center for […]

Dec 6, 2016

Aquarium chooses Md. firms for new animal care and rescue facility

The National Aquarium has chosen design and construction firms based in Baltimore for an animal care facility it plans to open in 2018. Design Collective Inc. is leading the architectural design and construction administration, and Plano-Coudon LLC will head construction management of the new Animal Care and Rescue Center at a 50,000-square-foot property at 9901 East Fayette […]

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Aug 8, 2016

This Baltimore landmark is celebrating its 35th birthday

In 1981, then-Mayor William Donald Schaefer welcomed fish, dolphins and sharks to Baltimore. Today, the National Aquarium is celebrating its 35th anniversary. The Baltimore landmark has hosted more than 50 million guests since it first opened and is home to almost 20,000 animals. The aquarium has seen its fair share of changes over the years […]

Jun 14, 2016

National Aquarium CEO: Dolphin relocation won’t impact tourism

Relocating the National Aquarium’s dolphins to a tropical sanctuary will not hurt Baltimore’s popular tourist attraction, despite their popularity among visitors, National Aquarium CEO John Racanelli said Tuesday. “We take our role as the anchor attraction of the Inner Harbor and as an economic engine for Baltimore (…) very, very seriously,” said Racanelli. “We have […]

Apr 27, 2016

Sagamore Development gains option on aquarium property in Port Covington

The property was initially acquired from the city to build

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