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Annual Dolphin Count

Conservation Events

The public is invited to join the National Aquarium Animal Rescue staff for the Annual Maryland Dolphin Count along the Atlantic coast of Maryland. Annual dolphin counts help marine mammal specialists capture a snapshot look at dolphin populations, reproduction rates, and ocean health.

We now know that Atlantic bottlenose dolphins use Maryland waters as a thoroughfare for migration, summertime breeding, and feeding along the way. With your help, we will continue to gather and analyze this information and learn more about the state of our waters and the dolphin populations that are found off our coast.

The National Aquarium’s annual Dolphin Count involves spending a few hours on the beach watching the water for passing dolphins, and filling out a data sheet. Each team will have an Aquarium representative to help set up and answer questions. The event is free and open to the public.

Please contact with questions or if you would like additional details.

Please be aware that you will be helping at your own risk, covered only by your own liability insurance. In the event of severe weather, participants will be asked to evacuate the beach. Lifeguards at both Ocean City and Assateague State Park go into the stands at 10am. Participants should not enter the ocean any deeper than the knee when lifeguards are not on duty. A safety coordinator will be located at each site with a detailed safety plan. In the event of an emergency, please notify the safety coordinator at your site.

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