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Celebrate World Oceans Day, June 8, at the Academy!

June 5, 2014

We celebrate Earth’s oceans every day at the Academy—from the nearly 40,000 animals in Steinhart Aquarium’s living collections to our 2014 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition—but on June 8, we’re celebrating World Oceans Day with the entire planet. It’s an event that recognizes not just how oceans connect us all, but that each of us has the power to help protect them.

To kick off the celebration, we’re unveiling the expansion of our California Coast exhibit, which includes the new 2,000-gallon “Rocky Reefs” tank, showcasing the vibrant communities (made up of pink anemones, colorful corals, brittle stars, painted greenlings, rosy rockfish and more) that thrive within California’s National Marine Sanctuaries. Interactives allow you to explore the migration pathways of sea turtles, sharks, and other long-distance travelers, all of which cross through California’s sanctuaries, and to learn more about why the Academy’s Citizen Science projects need your help to protect our vital coastal ecosystems. Upstairs on the public floor, a whole host of public programs invite you to dive right in to ocean-related science; find the full list on our World Oceans Day event page.

Can’t wait for the celebrations to begin? Our resident shark expert, Dr. John McCosker (Chair of the Department of Aquatic Biology) recommends watching FINconceivabe: What Happens When Sharks Disappear?. Our live webcams provide another trio of amazing ocean views, from the Shark Lagoon and Philippines Coral Reef cams—which highlight some of the most biodiverse (and threatened) ocean areas on Earth—to the Penguin Cam, which broadcasts the preening, head-shaking, and other common behaviors of our African Penguins, a Species Survival Plan colony that helps to ensure the long-term survival of this endangered species.

So come celebrate World Oceans Day with us! And for those who can’t make it, we recommend checking out the World Oceans Day website, packed with ideas about how you can make a difference no matter where you are.

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