Every summer, the National Aquarium’s Animal Rescue team heads out to Ocean City, Maryland for their annual fundraiser and Dolphin Count!
This fun-filled trip kicks off with a fundraiser at Seacrets on July 10th! Funds raised during the event will go directly towards the rescue and rehabilitation of wild marine animals, including sea turtles and seals, that strand along the Atlantic coast.
After an evening of educational fun and spectacular entertainment at Seacrets, staff and volunteers will be gathering on multiple parts on Maryland’s beaches to count bottlenose dolphins! These annual counts help marine mammal specialists gather more long-term information about dolphin populations, reproduction rates, and overall ocean health.
Bottlenose dolphins use Maryland as a thoroughfare for migration, summertime breeding and feeding along their migratory routes. Looking at this data over the years can help determine the health of the coastal ecosystems, as well as, determining the abundance of prey for various marine life.
With your help, we can continue learn more about the state of our waters and the health of Atlantic bottlenose dolphin populations.
We hope to see you out on the beach!