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A Place Like No Other - 8/19/14

Thirty-seven years ago, off the coast of the Galapagos Islands where Charles Darwin more or less worked out his theory of natural selection, a major discovery occurred.

Deep into the Galapagos Rift, oceanographer Bob Ballard and his team rode Alvin 8,000 feet down and witnessed life not as we knew it. They became the first humans to view deep sea hydrothermal vents.

As chief executive officer, John Racanelli leads a team of 600 full and part-time employees and 1,000 volunteers in pursuing the National Aquarium’s mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures. More than 1.5 million people annually visit the Aquarium’s venue in Baltimore, Maryland, while millions more are touched by the Aquarium’s education programs, outreach activities, social media campaigns and conservation initiatives.