The National Aquarium Marine Animal Rescue Program (MARP) recorded sightings of 31 Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins at the event held last Friday. More than 100 volunteers of all ages joined with about 30 aquarium workers at Assateague and Ocean City to help count the creatures at several locations throughout town.
The National Aquarium team is incredibly thankful to all the volunteers who joined us for this years dolphin count, said Jennifer Dittmar, MARP Stranding Coordinator, in a press release. MARP has been responsible for rescuing stranded marine mammals and sea turtles on Delmarva peninsula since 1991.
Dolphins were counted from four locations - 40th Street, 130th Street, Assateague State Park and off of a Coast Guard boat.
In addition to the dolphin count, a fundraiser was held at Seacrets, raising more than $2,000 for MARP.