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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.

Vernal Pools

Mar 19, 2019

Ephemeral water bodies provide important seasonal habitat for many species, yet pending legislative changes could render them increasingly vulnerable. Learn more.  

Clean Water Act

Mar 12, 2019
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Protecting the Clean Water Act – The legislation that protects our waterways – and our drinking water – is under attack. Find out what you can do to help.

Cleaner But Greener

Mar 5, 2019
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If your household is like most, you’ve likely accumulated an array of scrubs, sprays, paints and solvents, each aimed at helping you tackle a dirty job. But what if having a squeaky clean bathtub leads to tainted ground water, or a shiny car in the driveway means fewer fish in the creek? As with so much in our lives, some of these choices are…complicated.

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If you’ve ever peered into a tide pool and glimpsed an exotic, pulsing flower-like creature, you’ve probably seen a sea anemone. Found across the globe, these diverse and beautiful creatures aren’t plants, they’re colonizing animals, and they occur in nearly every marine habitat—tropical, temperate, shallow or deep. And they’re even here in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

This is a re-broadcast. 

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Many people seem confused about climate change, perhaps because of a fundamental misunderstanding of the difference between weather and climate. Let’s get our facts straight!  

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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.

Watershed Forests

Jan 28, 2019
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Interested in saving your local waterways? You can help by protecting and restoring forest habitat in your area whether you live in urban or rural areas.   

Urban Heat Islands

Jan 22, 2019
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What difference does a tree make? When it comes to managing climate change – and human comfort – in urban settings, trees just might make all the difference!

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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?

Jellyfish 01-08-19

Jan 8, 2019
The National Aquarium

Mysterious, misunderstood jellyfish are swimming right in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Let's take a look at what their presence indicates and how climate change is playing a role. 

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. 

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Red-eared slider turtles are native to the mid- and south-central United States, so what are they doing swimming in the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay?

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The Amazon River Forest is one of the most biodiverse places on earth, home to thousands of species that appear almost nowhere else. Listen as National Aquarium experts discuss this remarkable place and what you can do to preserve it. 

Sondes 12/11/18

Dec 11, 2018
The National Aquarium

When we talk about improvements in local water quality, what does that mean? Moreover, how can we be sure? Take a listen to learn more about the technology at work in assessing the Inner Harbor. 

Oysters (Encore)

Dec 4, 2018
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A longtime staple of our region’s maritime industries, oysters are more than just a briny snack. They play a critical role in the health of the Chesapeake region’s aquatic ecosystems, including the Inner Harbor. Take a listen to learn more. 

Fibers (Encore)

Nov 20, 2018
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Many of us try to minimize our impact on the environment by buying local food and low-emission vehicles, but what about with our clothing choices? 

Your clothes might be sources of ocean and plastic pollution unless you take a few steps to prevent it. John tells us how to do that. 

It’s consistently astonishing to me how much of an impact we humans have on our native species. Our decisions to develop and farm lands, level forests, and hunt can have a wide-reaching impact on plants and animals alike. This is especially true for the top predators, who rely on a finely-tuned natural web of other species to survive.

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For nearly 40 years, the Marine Mammal Protection Act has kept dolphins, whales, polar bears, sea otters and other species safe along American coastlines. However, this protective order is now more endangered than any animal it protects. Listen in to learn more.

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A complex and delicate connection exists between Atlantic horseshoe crabs and a threatened migratory bird called the Rufa Red Knot in nearby Delaware Bay. Hear how human-induced issues such as coastal development, sea level rise and climate change, have put the ties that bind them in jeopardy.

Bird Strike (Encore)

Oct 23, 2018
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City lights are beautiful, but they pose specific challenges to migrating birds. Listen in to hear what Baltimore is doing to protect the species that travel this way and how you can help!

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When most of us think of volcanoes, we think of mountains, rising and looming over flat plateaus. Cone-shaped and spewing burning ash and molten rock in flows of hot orange-red rock. Washington State's St. Helen's and Italy's Mount Vesuvius are famous volcanic explosions. 

And of course, the Hawaiian Islands-you can take a helicopter ride right over the smoking and steaming new coastline.  

It’s unusual for people to have an incredible sense of smell. In the perfume industry, these people are called "noses." But in reality, you don't smell with your nose, you smell with your brain. Our sense of smell increases until we’re about eight years old, then plateaus and declines as we age. Yet even the best "noses" pale in comparison to others in the Animal Kingdom.

Any guess as to whose sense of smell is among the best? Is it the bloodhound? The truffle-hunting pig? The answer may surprise you. To find out, you're going to have to leave the land, grab your scuba gear and get in the water, for the holder of this distinction is the shark, the bloodhound of the sea.

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For most fish, the line Dory utters in the popular Disney movie “Finding Nemo” is no exaggeration. Sounds exhausting, right? But you’re unlikely to catch a fish closing its eyes for a quick catnap.

That’s partly due to the fact that most fish don’t have eyelids. But it’s also because fish don’t technically sleep—at least not like we humans do.

Monarchs (Encore)

Sep 25, 2018
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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.

Elk Horn Coral

Sep 18, 2018
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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.  

Fibers

Sep 11, 2018
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Many of us try to minimize our impact on the environment by buying local food and low-emission vehicles, but what about with our clothing choices? 

Your clothes might be sources of ocean and plastic pollution unless you take a few steps to prevent it. John tells us how to do that. 

Lanternflies

Sep 4, 2018
The National Aquarium

Invasive species—even tiny ones—can wreak havoc on our regional ecosystem. Listen in to learn how a little fly from Asia could cause big problems here in the Mid-Atlantic.  

Sharks in the Bay

Aug 28, 2018
The National Aquarium

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.

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The deep ocean is an extreme habitat, challenging and expensive to get to and to study. It is cold, under tremendous pressure from the weight of all the water above, and so very dark. It's mysterious, and completely foreign to us light-loving landlubbers. We know more about the surface of the moon than we do the bottom of the sea. The deep sea is not deserted, though, as was once thought.

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When you think of an animal that purrs, grunts, croaks or hums, I’ll bet it’s not a fish. But, I’ll let you in on a secret: More than 150 species of fish on the East Coast of the U.S. are what scientists call “somniferous.” They make noise. Lots of it.

Forget those dreamy underwater documentaries where all is peace and quiet. The ocean is like New York City at rush hour. There are thousands of species, and many have something to say. The tiny cusk eel sounds like a jackhammer. Damselfish purr. Long-horned sculpins hum like an iPhone set on “buzz."

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