Thursday, June 12, 2008

Aquarium of the Pacific

Tomorrow, June 13th, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach officially opens its 10th anniversary exhibition, "Ocean on the Edge."

I was lucky enough to see get a sneak peek of it today (along with a behind the scenes glimpse of Charlie the adorable sea otter--that's Troy, a harbor seal below).

This aquarium is always a wonderful venue to take out of town visitors, kids, and anyone else to marvel at electrifying sea nettles, pet bat rays, poke sea anemones, and admire swimming creatures of all kinds.  And now, you and your fellow visitors can learn all about the ten biggest threats to our oceans while there, from global warming to population growth to bleached coral reefs to overfishing.  After seeing the wonders of sea creatures in action, it's easier to make connections between our lives and theirs.

Just in time for the kick-off of beach season, we can go and find out what lies beneath and what lies ahead for our waters given human activities have an enormous effect on what covers 3/4 of our planet.  It will be up all year though, so if you don't make it 'til Thanksgiving, that'll work just fine, too.

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