World Ocean Day June 8

June 01, 2008

Family-friendly World Ocean Day activities planned at AZA zoos and aquariums

The Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) will celebrate World Ocean Day June 8 with a variety of events highlighting the marine environment. World Ocean Day celebrations are part of "Wonders of Water," AZA's public education campaign to help people understand that from the air we breathe to the food we eat, we all depend on the ocean for survival.

"Many of us are not aware how much we affect the ocean and how much the ocean affects us. For instance, people are usually surprised to learn that the ocean produces 70 percent of our oxygen," said Sydney J. Butler, executive director of the AZA. "We invite people of all ages to join us in the fun and excitement of exploring the amazing world of the ocean and the animals that depend on it, and learn how everyone can play a part in conserving this precious resource."

World Ocean Day events are included with Aquarium admission. All-day events include a children's craft, scavenger hunt, biofacts, information tables hosted by Lincoln County Solid Waste District and the Surfrider Foundation.

The Pirate Improv Theater offers a fun and interactive program celebrating the ocean geared to children and adults, taking place at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm in the theater.

A program titled "Diving with Great Whites" will be presented by Vern Dipietro, Aquarium dive volunteer, at 1pm in the theater. Dipietro shares his own experiences diving with great white sharks.

"Gray Whales of the Oregon Coast" will be presented by whale biologist Carrie Newell at 4 pm in the Aquarium theater. Newell has studied the gray whale population of the Oregon coast and will share a journey through the natural history of Oregon's summer resident gray whale population.

Children's story time will feature about sea otters, sharks, and fish from 11am - 12pm and 2 - 3pm in the Aquarium’s entrance lobby.