Aquariums Protect and Educate

Which one is Nemo?!

Which one is Nemo?!

A visit to Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, is like taking a dive under the ocean. Just look at these pictures and videos! Don’t they make you feel like you’re right there with Nemo and friends?!

 

 

 

 

Plastic trash found inside a fish.

The bad news is that our beautiful oceans around the world are becoming polluted with trash people dump, and with poisons from factories. Pesticide spraying and fertilizers used too close to storm drains and rivers also run into the ocean. Even some of the carbon dioxide in air pollution sinks into the ocean, making the water more acidic. In addition, because the climate is changing, the oceans’ temperatures are changing as well. These are all big problems for the plants and animals that live there.    

 

 

When some people look at the ocean, they just see water. But there are many ecosystems under the water that depend on a clean ocean! What will happen to all the life if this polluting continues?

Ms. Christie-Blick meets with Mr. Stevens, Head of Education at Two Oceans Aquarium.

The good news is that there are organizations like Two Oceans Aquarium and Save our Seas that are set up to help. The people who work at the aquarium, like Mr. Stevens, and Mr. Millar at Save our Seas, are working hard to educate people about ocean ecosystems around the world.

 

 

Ms. Christie-Blick with Mr. Millar, the Education Officer from Save Our Seas.

While Save Our Seas focuses mostly on educating people about sharks, the goal of both groups is to encourage love, understanding, and respect for oceans and their future well-being. Great idea, don’t you think?

 

 

 

 

You’re invited to touch the living creatures in the “Touch Tank”.

Both groups have classes for school kids and their teachers; they perform research to increase their understanding of the plants and animals of the ocean; and they have many interesting displays for people of all ages in their centers to educate as many people as possible. When was the last time YOU visited an aquarium or an ocean educational center? Go ahead. Jump in!

Turtles have fins for swimming. (Tortoises have legs for walking on land.)

 

A starfish eating an animal out of its shell.

 

Join this boy watching the kelp forest by clicking on the video below.

 

 

 

21 thoughts on “Aquariums Protect and Educate

  1. It is horrible that people are just dumping chemicals and trash in the oceans. It is effecting the animals and coral. The picture of the fish is what is happening to so much others.

  2. I never knew turtles have fins! Its super cool. Also after reading this I learned that aquariums dont just show animals, they help animals.

  3. I learned that fish eat litter in the ocean and it could have oil / chemicals. Fish are dying quickly because of water pollution and climate change. I’m glad aquariums are educating others on these facts.

  4. It must be frusturating for people who work at an aquariums. I mean what if while there telling everyone to take care of the ocean one person doesn’t take it serresly.

  5. I didn’t realize how the fish really eat all the plastic that is dumped into the ocean. But, I’m glad that there are organizations like Two Oceans Aquarium and Save Our Seas, helping sea life as best they can.

  6. I really feel bad for that fish because it ate all of the plastic. We should make more laws about littering in the ocean.

  7. I cant believe that this much trash was in the poor fishes stomach. People need to be more careful and through there trash or recyclables because it is bad for our ocean

  8. I think that it is good that people are trying to help animals by preforming research to help people understand more about what is happening to these animals.

  9. I think it is great that organizations like -Two Ocean Aquarium- and -Save Our Seas -are doing as much as they can to help slow down pollution and help save the animals.

  10. I glad that so many people are helping save sea animals! If we lose them, all of us will suffer. We eat the animals, and other animals eat the animals! We need to take better care of our earth.

  11. I wonder what kind of Eel the spotted Eel is also I wonder if it is electric. If I hadn’t read that the animal was Eel I would of mistakened it for a Shark. The turtle is so tiny and is so cute!

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