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A Blue View

Tuesdays 5:44 PM

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.

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From record storm surges in Texas to rampant wildfires in California, the news about climate change is, quite frankly, a little scary. Listen in to learn how to empower kids to mature into conservation-savvy adults.  

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You may be in hibernation, but the Chesapeake Bay region is an important migratory stop for an array of wintering waterfowl.

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Over 3,000 species make a home in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. But when the bitter cold comes, where does all that abundant life go?

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National Aquarium staff are involved in a wide range of research studies, and this winter, members of National Aquarium Animal Rescue helped gather data for a multiyear study of grey seals in Massachusetts that has an interesting tie to human health.

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Islands in the Chesapeake Bay are disappearing. More than 500 islands that once existed on the Bay are no longer there. But there are some stories of hope...

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As scientists work to address the worsening effects of climate change, one excellent solution is right over our heads – and easily expanded within our communities. Listen to learn how planting a tree is a step in the right direction!

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Corals from the Florida Reef, one of the largest reef systems in the world, are so crucial to the health of their ecosystem and its surrounding region that it’s illegal to remove or harm them. So, how did 100 Florida corals end up at the National Aquarium? Listen to learn about a special rescue project.


Nov 26, 2019
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When the howling winds and churning waves of hurricane season create hazardous conditions at sea, marine animals use amazing adaptations and impressive “fish-tuition” to weather the storm. Listen in to learn more!

Mallows Bay

Nov 12, 2019
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In November 2019, Calvert County’s Mallows Bay, a stunning and ghostly ship graveyard now teeming with aquatic life, became America’s 14th national marine sanctuary. Listen in to learn more about this fascinating Chesapeake treasure.


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Since prehistoric times, they have swum the depths of our nearby ocean. Then, they became an internationally sought-after delicacy. Join us as we check in on the fascinating Atlantic Sturgeon.

In the Chesapeake Bay, healthy oyster reefs perform much like coral reefs in the ocean, providing critical habitat for dozens of species and – as an added bonus – oyster  beds make a big difference to the quality of the water around them. Listen in!

They aren’t from this area, but they have certainly made themselves comfortable along our shores. Learn more about the adaptable, carnivorous cormorant not at home around the Chesapeake Bay. 

Trafficked Animals

Oct 15, 2019
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International pet trade is a multi-billion dollar business that sees millions of animals transferred from place to place each year, but not all of this trade is legal. So, what happens when illegally traded animals are intercepted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service? Listen to learn more.

You may not be able to dance, but you do have rhythm. All humans have rhythm. It is the circadian clock, a 24-hour cycle that regulates our sleep-wake timing and other physiological processes.

It is our response to our relationship with a star: The sun. All of nature has a rhythm, too.

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Single-use plastic bags are a lightweight product that produce a heavy environmental burden. As Baltimore City pursues a “bag ban”, listen to learn more about the conservation challenges posed by the production and use of plastic shopping bags.

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Monarchs are perhaps the most notable species of butterfly, but their populations are also one of the most threatened. However, thanks to conservation efforts across North America—including right here in Baltimore—habitat is being restored for the majestic monarch.


Sep 17, 2019

We often talk about the link between our health and the health of our ocean, but listen to earn about some of the amazing solutions to human medical concerns found in the deep.

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Dart frogs' rainforest homes are in great risk from the activities of humans. John has more. 


Whales in Mid-Atlantic Waters: Thought rarely seen, several species of whales regularly make their way through Mid-Atlantic waters and, in some cases, they could use some thoughtful help from humans! Listen in to learn more.


John tells us about The National Aquarium's efforts to restore populations of elk horn coral, an ecologically important reef-building species that is considered endangered.

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Henry David Thoreau once said “we can never have enough of nature.” For the Aquarium Conservation Team, this is most certainly true of our work with our partners on behalf of the Atlantic white cedar. Listen in to find out why we’ve worked to plant nearly 40,000 of these special trees over the past ten years.

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If you have ever spent an afternoon on a mid-Atlantic beach marveling at dolphins so close you could swim to them, listen in to learn more about the habits, patterns and status of bottlenose dolphins.

Atlantic Sturgeon

Aug 5, 2019
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Since prehistoric times, they have swum the depths of our nearby ocean. Then, they became an internationally sought-after delicacy. Join us as we check in on the fascinating Atlantic Sturgeon.

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As part of our continuing look at life in the Inner Harbor, learn more about northern water snakes and the important role they play in this ecosystem. 


If you’re wondering how you can make a difference in the fight against climate change, meaningful change is as close as your next meal. Learn how to “eat green” with us.

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Summer is here, and over 60 million Americans are beach bound. Take a listen to learn some simple, helpful suggestions for leaving the beach better than you found it. 

As part of our continuing look at life in and around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, we’re learning about mallards. Listen in to find out how they support plant life and a diverse waterfront ecosystem. 

The Chesapeake Bay, our nation’s largest estuary, is teeming with life of all sorts and sizes, which begs the question: are there sharks in the Bay? Listen to find out more.

Sawfish (Encore)

Jun 25, 2019
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Listen in to learn about the long tooth sawfish, a critically endangered but seriously fascinating member of the elasmobranch family.

Sea Level Rise

Jun 18, 2019
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When it comes to climate change, what will happen if the human race simply does nothing and continues down our current path? Unfortunately it's not good, and some of the first effects of that indifference will be felt right here in Maryland starting with the phenomenon of sea level rise.