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Everyone is invited to join the Aquarium of the Pacific in celebrating World Ocean Day on June 8

The ocean gives much to us no matter where we live—from the air we breathe to medicines from the sea. It covers 70 percent of Earth’s surface and remains almost entirely unexplored. The Aquarium of the Pacific invites you to join them in celebrating World Ocean Day on Tuesday, June 8, to learn about the ocean and to discover what we can do to help protect it for the benefit of all life on our planet.

For the first time, the Aquarium is celebrating World Ocean Day with 12 hours of live programming on TikTok @AquariumPacific. Take a virtual dive as one of the Aquarium’s divers takes you on an underwater journey through the Tropical Reef Habitat to meet sea turtles, sharks, and reef fishes. You can also follow Aquarium staff as they feed penguins, take care of sea lions, and swim with sharks. For those looking for relaxation, you can watch undulating sea jellies and so much more.

Kids and teens can create art and learn about habitats on World Ocean Day through special online classes taught by Aquarium educators at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Day Time (PDT). The Draw With Us class, geared toward participants in kindergarten to fifth grade, combines art and science. Participants in this class can draw an open ocean habitat with sea jellies, ocean sunfish, and whales. Geared toward sixth to twelfth graders, the Aquarium Exploration class will look at the dynamic features of the World Ocean, from planetary views to underwater seascapes. Participants will journey through kelp forests and coral reef habitats to learn about our role in helping these important ecosystems thrive. The Aquarium’s online World Ocean Day programming is free to everyone, and no reservations are required.

The Aquarium also invites the public to visit in person to explore its Coral Reefs: Nature’s Underwater Cities exhibition to learn more about the importance of the ocean’s most diverse ecosystems. Coral reefs are home to a quarter of all marine fish species and are found throughout the world and tens of millions of people depend on them for their livelihoods. “You can help coral reefs survive and thrive in a changing ocean. Reducing emissions that cause climate change and raise ocean temperatures is the most important way we can help coral reefs. If the ocean temperatures return to normal in time, corals can recover,” said Nate Jaros, Aquarium of the Pacific curator of fish and invertebrates. You can touch sharks and learn about the importance of protecting them, explore how our food, water, and energy choices can make a difference, and learn other ways you can help the ocean when you visit the Aquarium. Advance reservations are required to visit the Aquarium, which is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on World Ocean Day.

Those looking to support the nonprofit Aquarium’s ocean conservation efforts can do so by purchasing a tax-deductible ticket to its first Virtual Blue Whale Gala happening Saturday, June 12, becoming an Aquarium member, making reservations to visit, donating, or volunteering. The Aquarium is inviting the public to participate in an ongoing cleanup initiative through its community science program called T.R.A.S.H. The Aquarium also invites the public to take part in its local sea turtle monitoring project to help this threatened population of green sea turtles.

Tuesday, June 8, 2020, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. PDT
World Ocean Day with the Aquarium of the Pacific:

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.: Aquarium’s World Ocean Day Celebration on TikTok
9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Virtual Aquarium Exploration – Habitats on World Ocean Day (grades 6-12)
9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Virtual Draw with Us – Ocean Habitats on World Ocean Day (grade K-5)
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Aquarium open for in-person visits with advance reservations

This article was released by the Aquarium of the Pacific.