Noah: The National Aquarium, located in the heart of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, is home to some of the finest aquatic exhibits in the world.
aquarium is ranked #1 in the country by Coastal Living. And each year, over 1.5 million visitors come to see its
collection of 16,500 specimens, representing over 660 species. [Fiesta music]
Lucie: We walked around outside of the aquarium for a little bit,
checked out a few outdoor exhibits, and watched as more and more people joined the crowded ticket line.
Noah: Today is Friday. The National
Aquarium offers a special discount called Fridays after Five. Lucie: So, we’re going to go take advantage
of this. Let’s go buy tickets! [Theme song plays]
Lucie: Hopkins is an amazing university
and Homewood is a beautiful campus. Noah: But, what many students don’t know is how much
the city of Baltimore has to offer. Lucie: I’m Lucie
Noah: and I’m Noah! Lucie: We’re students at The Johns Hopkins University
in Baltimore, Maryland. Noah: And we’re here to help you…
Noah and Lucie: Learn More, See More,
B’More! Lucie and Noah: Ding! [Tropical Music]
Lucie: The inside of the aquarium was really amazing
and we couldn’t wait to begin exploring! Lucie: You’ve heard of 3-D movies, but here at the
National Aquarium, they have a 4-D immersion theater. Noah: In cinema, the fourth dimension is the term that describes an entertainment presentation system
that combines the three spatial dimensions with added physical effects in the theater. Lucie: Let’s go get our tickets!
Noah: Sure. [Different tropical music]
Lucie: Bubbles! Noah: Whoa!
Lucie: There were a lot of times when on the screen,
there’d be a splash of water and we would actually get splashed in the audience from the seat in front of us.
Noah: Ah! Noah: At one point, a shark jumped out of the
water and chomped on an innocent seal.
[Screams] Lucie: And a little rod from the back of our chair
came and poked us in the back!
Lucie: Ow! [Techno music]
Noah: This exhibit represents a river
gorge in Australia. It contains many pools that show a wide variety of Australian aquatic life.
Lucie: This environment is designed
to simulate Australia’s extreme conditions which include fire, drought, and flood. There are also over one hundred trees enclosed in this pavilion which, in
it, itself contains over thirty thousand square feet of glass! Lucie: The Whiting-Turner contracting company constructed this massive glass pavilion. One of the founders of this company, G.W.C. Whiting, is the benefactor
of our very own G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering. Lucie: “Jellies Invasion: Oceans out of Balance” is the National Aquarium’s newest exhibit.
Noah: Let’s go check out
what the ocean’s like out of balance! Lucie: Yeah, let’s go!
Lucie: The entire Jellies Invasion
exhibit is a pitch black room with the only light coming from the bioluminescence jellyfish and neon-lit waters.
This is definitely my favorite jellyfish at the aquarium. Lucie: After the Jellies Invasion exhibit, we made our way to the dolphin show. [Luau music]
Lucie: We’re here at the Baltimore National
Aquarium with Denise in the Dolphin Amphitheatre. Denise has been a dolphin trainer for 2.5 years now. Lucie: So, how did you get started working at the Baltimore National Aquarium? Denise: I was studying biology and animal behavior and I knew this
is what I wanted to do- work with dolphins. So, luckily living so close, I applied for an internship here when
I was in my senior year and I was accepted. After I did that, I actually moved into a volunteer position. I did that
for over a year until finally I was hired on the staff. How many people can say that they go to work everyday and
love their job that they do?
Denise: My favorite thing, probably, is that every day is different. You’re
working with eight live animals who have their own individual brains and so you never know what is going to
happen when you walk in the door. Denise: She should spin around with you.
Noah: Oh so cool!
[Laughter] Denise: Put both hands up and wave! She’s actually going
to wave up to the camera. [Laughter]
Denise: Chessie and Bailey are coming back! Go! Denise: Well, when we train our dolphins, we use something called operant
conditioning and a version of that called positive reinforcement. What that basically means is we reward correct behaviors with
something they like. In the dolphin’s world, it’s fish. [Piano song]
Denise: Probably a fan favorite here, when they come
to the show, would be the high jump! So, that is where our dolphins actually will jump probably about 20 feet in the air and
touch one of those buoys up there. Seems to be a crowd favorite every time. Lucie: Thank you so much! It was so nice to meet you!
Denise: You’re welcome!
Noah: It was great to meet you! [Fiesta music] Lucie: We’re gonna take our turtles
Noah: And our pink dolphin…
[Laughter] Lucie: And go explore this aquarium.
Lucie and Noah:
[Squeak from dolphin and turtle toy] Lucie: Join us next time to Learn More,
See M ore,
Lucie and Noah: B’More! Lucie: Bubbles!
Noah: Keep going! You got it! You’ve got this, Lucie! Lucie: Bubbles!
Noah: Oh my gosh! She did that all that by herself! Lucie: I present to you: bubbles!