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Caring For the Ocean, and You Safety First

In response to COVID-19, the National Aquarium has made some essential changes to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

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Atlantic Coral Reef
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Shark: A 4D Experience®

Shark Alley
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4D Film: Being Dolphin

Dolphin Discovery
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4D Film: Being Dolphin

Dolphin Discovery
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Featured Animals 20,000 Animals. 800 Species. One Aquarium.

Learn about animals from all over our blue planet—from the depths of the ocean to the canopy of the rain forest—and discover the connection they all share with water.

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

Atlantic puffins have a distinctive large, triangular red-orange bill with a blue-gray base and yellow ridge.

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Giant Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini)

Golden Lion Tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia)

Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus)

Featured Stories The Latest From the National Aquarium

News All in the Family

Animal Animal Rescue Update: Stuart Little

Multimedia Teeming and Temporary

Dive Deeper: Featured Series

Series Dolphin Sanctuary

Through the creation of North America’s first dolphin sanctuary, the National Aquarium is introducing a new option for human care of dolphins. Learn more about our journey so far.

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Latest in this series:

Building the Dolphins' Resiliency

Site Selection Update: Climate Change

Animal Health Q&A: Dolphin Care

Conservation Driving Conservation Action for the Benefit of People, Animals and the Planet

The National Aquarium’s mission—to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures—begins within the walls of our buildings, but it does not end there. We protect, enhance and restore natural resources through education, habitat restoration, animal rescue and sustainable business practices.

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