Blacktip Reef opens at the National Aquarium in Baltimore

Blacktip Reef

Terrifying photo via the National Aquarium’s Facebook page

We’re so lucky to have a world-class aquarium here in Baltimore, right on the water. Today, the National Aquarium is opening a bad-ass new addition, the Blacktip Reef. Don’t know what a blacktip shark is? Wikipedia says that they’re more “timid” than most sharks. Happy Shark Week. (Sorry this intro is littered with links. So much to learn!)

Today, Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and hundreds of guests, Aquarium staff and Baltimore community leaders are expected to join National Aquarium CEO John Racanelli for the official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the much-anticipated exhibit. And it’s the Aquarium’s anniversary!

From the Aquarium team:

As Aquarium guests enjoy the coral-filled exhibit, replicating an Indo-Pacific reef, they will feel their heart race as a pack of 20 blacktip reef sharks pass toward them. They may take a deep breath as they witness the rise and fall of a 5-foot-wide whipray’s massive fins beneath their feet. Explore deeper and they could spot an ornate wobbegong shark camouflaged against the reef bottom. Guests will see new species joined with some of National Aquarium’s most beloved animals including Calypso, the 500-pound green sea turtle, and zebra sharks, Zeke and Zoe, in their new home.

If you can’t make it to the reef, you can watch the sharks all day via the Blacktip Reef Shark Cam. You’re welcome for that new daily distraction.

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