A Blue View, hosted by National Aquarium CEO John Racanelli. From the smallest plants and animals invisible to the human eye to entire ecosystems, every living thing depends on and is intricately linked by water.
Thousands of feet beneath the surface of the ocean, animals live, even thrive, in conditions that are impossible for most of us to even imagine. Our blue planet is indeed a water planet, yet incredibly, over 90 percent of the ocean remains unexplored and unseen by humans.
The ocean food web is much more than the dramatic clash of sharks devouring marine mammals and large fish. While many of us know that the ocean food web is complex, it’s easy to focus on the apex predators at the top.
When Maryland became the first East Coast state to ban the sale, trade, and distribution of shark fins into law, it served as a much-needed victory for these essential ocean-dwellers. However, sharks are still facing an uphill battle.
Visiting a zoo or aquarium can challenge the mind, spark curiosity, expand our vision of the world, and challenge what we understand. As zoos and aquariums aim to wow and inspire, it is up to the families to go home and take what they’ve experienced and apply it to their own lives.
The ocean floor is often thought of as a continuation of the land, a featureless sandy plain stretching across the sea to another shore thousands of miles away. Yet, this could hardly be further from the truth.
Kids are curious, and want to soak up all the knowledge they can about our natural world. Yet the approach one needs to take in order to effectively communicate about the environment is very different depending on the age.
Coral reefs are amazingly diverse ecosystems, serving as essential breeding, nursery, and feeding grounds for countless species. Wetlands, too, are thriving environments, teeming with life and serving as stops for millions of migratory birds.