A baby boom in DC

Published February 02, 2010

A baby boom has hit our DC venue!  If you haven't visited our gem in the Nation's Capital, now is a great time to bring your kids to meet our kids. Let's take a look at some of our adorable DC residents.  

Four young American alligators are currently residing in the Everglades National Park Exhibit.  These alligators are a little over a year old and just about a foot and half long. They will eventually grow to 10-14 feet. They are a part of the Aquarium's head start program and will eventually be returned to their native habitat. They are being fed, conditioned, and grown to a size where they can remain viable and thrive when released back into their natural surroundings.

 

The Amazon River habitat is home to a two-year old polka dot stingray pup. Most stingrays are found in saltwater but this specie is one of several freshwater stingrays found in South America. When born, the pups are just 3-4 inches in diameter! He is now 10 inches big.

Two baby loggerhead sea turtles can be found swimming about the Grey's Reef exhibit. As hatchlings they are typically about 2 inches long and weigh less than an ounce.  These young turtles are 3 months old and about six inches long. They are also a part of our head start program that is helping to rebuild sea turtle populations, and will be released back to the ocean in about 2 years. Adult loggerheads can reach 500 lbs! 

There are also plenty of young fish swimming about the Aquarium exhibits. The Atlantic Patch Reef is home to a variety of interesting babies like the foureye butterflyfish, the trunkfish, and the scrawled cowfish pictured below. He is just over an inch but will grow to 15 inches as an adult.

As you can see, the National Aquarium, DC is booming with young life. Which baby is your favorite?

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