A Valentine's proposal at the Aquarium

Published February 14, 2011

This month we've been sharing different types of Aquarium love stories in honor of Valentine's Day. We're happy to report that love was definitely in the water this past weekend! We helped one young man make this Valentine's Day one he and his new fiancee will always remember! George had been looking for a special way to propose to his girlfriend Taylor on their one-year anniversary. He knew that dolphins were Taylor's favorite animal and that she had never been to the National Aquarium. So he did some research and came across our Dolphin Encounter program, which allows participants to interact with our Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in a behind-the-scenes setting. He contacted the Aquarium to see if he could plan his marriage proposal during a Dolphin Encounter. We've arranged plenty of proposals and were happy to help George with his request! On Saturday, George brought Taylor to the Aquarium for what she thought was a special anniversary date. At the end of Tayler's encounter with the dolphins, a dolphin trainer asked Chesapeake the dolphin to retrieve a white buoy that was in the water and bring it to Taylor. When Taylor took the buoy out of the dolphin's mouth, she saw that it read "Taylor, Will You Marry Me?" She was very surprised, and though it took her a minute to realize what was happening, she responded with a "YES!"  You can see a video of this very special proposal here! Happy Valentine's Day from the National Aquarium!
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