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Oceanfest at Audubon Aquarium
Last Saturday we visited the Aquarium for the first time in a long while. I forget how peaceful and calming it can be for myself and the kids to watch the fish, penguins and otters swim and play. Upon leaving my oldest told me that working at the aquarium and with marine animals was his dream job. He wants to be a marine biologist when he grows up. A boy after my own heart.
We both love the ocean, and all of the animals in it. There is just something special about it, that one can’t explain. I can tell you visiting the ocean is like restoring a piece of my soul, it’s where my soul recharges so it can handle the rest of the world. That’s why it saddens me every time I hear about how much trash is in our world’s oceans or animals like the African Penguin being endangered because their food supply is dwindling.
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas works hard on a daily basis to raise awareness to the issues our oceans and the animals that depend on them face. And on Saturday, May 31st they will be participating in World Ocean’s Day with Ocean Fest from 10am - 3pm.
World Ocean’s Day is a global event that aims to encourage individuals to recognize the importance of the world's oceans and to inspire humanity to explore ways to save them for present and future generations.
Oceanfest will feature fun activities to learn about the oceans and the animals that call them home. Participants will include LA Sea Grant, Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program, and Save The Manatee Club. There will also be live animal presentations and gallery chats throughout the Aquarium.
Long-distance swimmer Ben Lecomte will also be at Oceanfest to raise awareness for for his upcoming Pacific Ocean crossing by doing a free dive in the new Great Maya Reef exhibit at 11:30 am. Called The Longest Swim, Lecomte plans to swim across the Pacific Ocean to raise awareness about the issue of pollution, and damage to oceans and waterways, starting in late 2014 until the spring of 2015. The 8,850-kilometer route from Tokyo to San Francisco, intentionally heads right through the Pacific trash vortex: a soup of chemicals, plastics and other debris trapped by currents in the North Pacific.
So join Audubon Aquarium of the Americas on Saturday, May 31, 2014 to celebrate World Ocean’s Day and learn how we can help keep our oceans in good shape for our grandkids and their children!
Tickets to Audubon Aquarium of the Americas are $22.50 for adults, $16.00 for children and $17.00 for seniors. Admission is free for Audubon Nature Institute members. Advanced tickets are recommended and can be purchased by visiting AudubonInstitute.org.