Baltimore Dolphin and Dolphin Calf

Adopt an Animal

You probably have a favorite animal at the National Aquarium. Whether it’s a reptile, a shark, a mammal, or a bird, seeing it makes your visit special. By adopting an animal through our animal adoption program, Aquadopt, you can help care for your favorite animal!


National Aquarium - Atlantic bottlenose dolphin
Did you know?

Dolphins breathe through the blowholes on top of their heads. Each time a dolphin surfaces, the flap over its blowhole opens. The dolphin then rapidly exhales and inhales, and the flap closes. In one breath, dolphins may exchange up to 90% of the air in their lungs, compared with a human's air exchange, which is approximately 15%.

Adopt a Dolphin


National Aquarium – Puffin
Did you know?

The puffin’s bill is brightest during the breeding season. When the birds return to sea at the end of the breeding season, the layers of the bill molt.

Adopt a Puffin


National Aquarium – Shark
Did you know?

Sharks have a highly developed sense of smell. Sharks can smell 1 drop of blood in 1 million drops of water (roughly 25 gallons), and they can smell 1 drop of fish juice in 25 million drops of water.

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To adopt an animal, choose an animal and Aquadopt package above, or call 410-576-8840.

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