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Baltimore Aquarium ....................................................................... 2
What are we about? ....................................................................... 3
Animals .................................................................................................. 4
        Australian Animals .............................................................. 4
        Amphibians.................................................................................. 5
        Birds.............................................................................................. 6
        Fish ................................................................................................ 7
        Invertebrates .......................................................................... 8
        Mammals ......................................................................................... 9
        Reptiles .................................................................................... 10
Exhibits ............................................................................................. 11
        Jellies Invasion: Oceans Out of Balance .......... 11
        Our Ocean Planet ................................................................. 12
        4-D Immersion Theater ..................................................... 12
        Animal Planet Australia: Wild Experiences ..... 13
Conservation .................................................................................... 13
Aquarium Crossword ..................................................................... 15




                                                 ~1~
            Baltimore Aquarium

            The Baltimore Aquarium is

located in the Inner Harbor area of

Baltimore, Maryland. The Inner Harbor is

located along the Chesapeake Bay. The

aquarium

opened

for

business

in 1981

and has

since been considered one of the best

aquariums in the United States. The aquarium

houses about 16,500 specimens and over 660

species of animals. The mission of the

aquarium is to “inspire people to enjoy,

respect, and protect the aquatic world.”




                    ~2~
         What are we about?




     The Baltimore Aquarium is about their

animals, exhibits, and conservation methods.

In preparation of our upcoming field trip, I

would like you know a little more about the

animals and exhibits. The aquarium has 7

different categories of animals, and many

exhibits, but I am going to focus on 4,

their premier exhibits.




                    ~3~
                 Animals

     The 7 categories of animals are

Australian Animals, Amphibians, Birds, Fish,

Invertebrates, Mammals, and Reptiles and

each category has its own specific animals.

In each category there are 3-4 animals

described with pictures to get you ready to

find these guys in the aquarium. Some

descriptions even have some interesting

facts! So keep reading!



Australian Animals
They are displayed in the aquarium’s
Australian exhibit, which will be described
in the exhibits section.

            Archerfish – They are named for their
            peculiar habit of shooting a stream of
            water like an arrow at its
            unsuspecting prey.



           Black-headed Python – Their average
           size is from 4.5 to 4.7 feet long,
           although they sometimes grow to more
           than eight feet long!


                    ~4~
               Frilled Lizard – They are famous
               for their amazing neck frill, which
               is only shown when they are
               disturbed or alarmed.




               Pig-nosed turtle – This aquatic
               turtle is quite a strange animal.
               It is the only freshwater turtle
               with flippers resembling those of
               marine turtles and their nose
               really does look like a pig’s!




Amphibians
Cold-blooded,smooth-skinned vertebrates that
are capable of living both on land and in
water.


               American Bullfrog – They vary in
               color from brownish to green,
               sometimes with spots or blotches
               on their backs. They prefer warm
               temperatures and hibernate during
               the cold winter weather.




              Blue poison dart frog – They release
              toxins from the skin that are lethal
              to would-be predators. In Colombia
              and South America they are used to
              poison the tips of blowgun darts.



                    ~5~
Birds
They inhabit all parts of the world. They
are warm-blooded vertebrates and have
feathers. Although all have wings, only but
a few species can fly.

              Atlantic Puffins – Easily recognized
              by their large, triangular-shaped
              bill with a red-orange tip and a
              blue-gray base surrounded by yellow.
              How cool is that beak?



           Blue-crowned Motmot – They often sit
           quietly in trees, waiting for their prey
           and then whack it against a branch
           before eating it.




                 Scarlet ibis – These guys are not
                 hard to miss! Adults are bright
                 red/scarlet color with the
                 longest feathers tipped in black
                 and their long legs are pink.




            Yellow-headed Amazon Parrot – They
            require a lot of attention, making
            them difficult pets. They also have
            really long life spans, sometimes
            longer than their caregiver! So don’t
            go home asking for one of these as a
            pet, your parents will most likely say
            no.

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Fish
Of course there are fish at the aquarium!
These cold-blooded animals are very diverse
in size, shape, color, and pattern. They can
live in both fresh and salt water.

                   Clearnose skate – These guys are
                   different than normal stingrays
                   because they do not have tail
                   spines, but have a muscular tail,
                   which usually has two small dorsal
                   fins near the tip and sometimes a
                   tail fin.

                   Electric Eel – These creatures are
                   definitely high voltage. Of those
                   fishes able to generate an
                   electrical discharge, these guys
                   win by producing up to 600 volts!



                  Summer flounder – Flounders have
                  both eyes on the same side of their
                  head! They are flatfishes, so they
                  dwell on the bottom of the ocean and
                  change the color pattern on their
                  skin to blend in with their
                  environment. So you’re going to have
                  to look very carefully for these
                  guys!


                             Zebra shark – Believe or
                             not, these sharks lose
                             their stripes as they age!
                             They start life with dark
                             bodies and yellowish
                             stripes, but as they
                             become adults their bodies
                             turn to a tan color with
       dark spots. If you see these guys without
       stripes, you know they’re getting old!

                         ~7~
Invertebrates
Most of the world’s animal species are
invertebrates! They all share one common
feature, they lack the backbones and
skeleton of vertebrates.



                    Blue crab – The only blue on
                    these crabs are their claws! Did
                    you know crabs grow by shedding
                    their shell? This process is
                    called molting. They take in
                    water to expand and break out of
                    their old shell. Their new shell
is already underneath, and starts to harden quickly.




                   Chambered Nautilus – A nautilus is
                   a cephalopod, which means “head-
                   foot”. They were given this name
                   because their feet are attached to
                   their head.




                    Giant Pacific octopus – Octopuses
                    are also cephalopods like the
                    nautilus above. Octopuses have a
                    highly developed brain and acute
                    vision. They will be watching
                    you!




                        ~8~
Mammals
Mammals are warm-blooded vertebrates, just
like humans! Marine mammals have adapted to
living in rivers and oceans.


                  Atlantic bottlenose dolphin –
                  These dolphins are considered
                  to be the most commonly seen
                  marine mammal. They have almost
                  100 sharp teeth in their mouth
                  so they can grasp onto slippery
                  prey.




               Golden lion tamarin – These guys
               are tree-dwelling monkeys. They
               have extremely long toes and
               fingers that end in claws. Unlike
               us, they only nails on their big
               toes!




              Pygmy marmoset – These little
              monkeys communicate using a variety
              of high pitched clicks, squeaks,
              whistles and thrills. It may not
              look like it but these guys only
              weigh an average of 4.2 ounces.
              That’s tiny!




                    ~9~
Reptiles
Reptiles are not just snakes, they also
include turtles, alligators, lizards, and
more! Reptiles have tough, waterproof skin
that retains moisture.

                 Giant Amazon river turtle – This
                 turtle is one of largest
                 freshwater turtles in the world!
                 These guys are powerful swimmers,
                 so trying to catch one can be
                 very challenging.



                Diamondback terrapin – They are
                usually identified by their black
                heads. So look out for them! In
                their natural environments, they
                hibernate during cold winter
                months by burying in the mud.



                Green sea turtle – These turtles
                have shells that make them easily
                able to glide through the water
                as well as “flipper” feet, which
                enables them to swim long
                distances. You wouldn’t think
                these guys can weigh up to nearly
                400 pounds!



                Wood Turtle – These turtles have
                an unusual feeding strategy
                called “worm stomping”. They
                rapidly stomp their front feet on
                the ground to trick earthworms to
                the surface and quickly eat them.




                    ~ 10 ~
                Exhibits
     This aquarium features hundreds of

exhibits, but there are 4 premier exhibits

that they are currently featuring. These

exhibits are pretty neat too!



Jellies Invasion: Oceans Out of
Balance
How is something with no brain survived for
millions of years?
That is the question
to ask yourself as you
enter this exhibit.
This exhibit is
entirely based on the
interesting and unique
creatures known as
jellyfish. Featuring
over 12 different kinds of them, you will
learn all about jellyfish, their
                    competitors, invaders,
                    neighbors, predators, and
                    survivors. You will also
                    learn why these creatures
                    are considered to be a
                    very important
                    environmental indicators
                    and how we could lose
                    that due to human
activities taking a toll on ocean health.
Keep this in mind when exploring the
aquarium!

                   ~ 11 ~
Our Ocean Planet
Our Ocean Planet is the new dolphin show at
the aquarium. This new exhibit explores the
depths of the waters through a dolphin’s
world. There are 9 dolphins that star in
this show, Chesapeake, Nani, Shiloh, Jade,
Maya, Spirit, Beau, Foster, and Bayley.
Through the exhibit you will discover the
                      unique relationship
                      dolphins have with
                      humans by watching them
                      interact with the
                      trainers. This exhibit
                      will be one that you
                      all can enjoy and gain
                      tons of knowledge.




4-D Immersion Theater
This 4-D Immersion Theater combines the
effects of a 3-D film with a variety of
sensory effects, which happen to built into
the theater seats and the environment
surrounding! Most of the films are will
virtually bring the
images to life with added
effects like water mist,
wind, air blast, snow,
bubbles, steam, ticklers,
scents, floor lighting,
and seat vibrations! How
cool is that? Seeing on
these shows will a once
in a lifetime experience!


                   ~ 12 ~
Animal Planet Australia: Wild
Experiences
Like the Australian
Animals described
above, this exhibit
is where you will
find them plus many
more amazing
creatures that can
survive the
conditions of this
country. Australia is the world’s largest
             island and one of the few
             places that has animals that
             only are found there.
             Surprisingly, over millions of
             years these animals have
             adaptive to the life there and
             the constant harsh conditions
             including droughts, fires, and
             floods.



             Conservation
     The Baltimore Aquarium is committed to

bettering the natural environment. As you

finish your tour of the aquarium, reflect on

the knowledge you gained and the information

you learned and commit to protecting our

environment, both land and sea. Your

                   ~ 13 ~
everyday activities, believe it or not, have

a huge impact on the well-being of the

environment.      There are so many things you

can do from recycling to reducing and

reusing. You make the difference.




For more information, visit the National Aquarium of
Baltimore’s website http://www.aqua.org

*All information came from aquarium’s website named above.




                          ~ 14 ~
         Aquarium Crossword
Test your knowledge by doing this crossword!




                   ~ 15 ~
Across
3. These sharks lose their stripes as they
age.

4. This frog is found here, and was used for
poison on hunting darts.

9. This is the newest exhibit.

10. This fish can produce up to 600 volts

Down
1. This animal has an average weight of just
4.2 ounces.

2. Where is the aquarium located?

5. This turtle can weigh up to 400 pounds

6. What are found in the aquarium?

7. This reptile can be identified by its
black head.

8. This invertebrate can be up to a 25ft arm
span.




Created by: Jordan Stonebraker
Created on: http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/



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