The Oregon Coast Aquarium will team up with marine conservation groups around the planet to celebrate World Oceans Day on Saturday, June 8. The event is a United Nations designated day for ocean celebration held to encourage people to take action to protect the world’s oceans. The theme for 2013 and 2014 is “Together we have the power to protect the ocean!” This is intended to call people to celebrate and strive to create the future they want to see for the ocean that provides for billions of people and countless plants and animals.
The Aquarium is scheduling special activities to commemorate World Oceans Day including interactive education presentations, a fish dissection and SCUBA diving presentations in the Aquarium’s Passages of the Deep and Oregon Kelp Forest exhibits. Ocean Discovery Stations will provide visitors the opportunity to learn what sea otter fur feels like and how many teeth sharks have. Stations set up by the Aquarium’s partners in ocean conservation, like the NOAA National Marine Fisheries and the Fishermen’s Wives, will offer the opportunity for guests to learn these organizations’ unique perspectives on how the ocean plays a role in peoples’ daily lives, and the best ways to protect its future. Continue reading