Friday, June 18, 2010

Thank You Ocean!

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher asks you to thank the ocean through a breathtaking new exhibit. The Aquarium installed its “Thank You Ocean” exhibit showcasing photography by local but world famous photographers Scott Marshall, Logan Mock-Bunting, and DJ Struntz. The ocean photos feature images such as stingrays, fishermen, and waves barreling into the camera.

The Aquarium’s Thank You Ocean exhibit is developed on the spirit of the Thank You Ocean campaign, a nonprofit partnership between the State of California, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the Ocean Communicators Alliance. The campaign raises awareness of benefits the ocean provides us and identifies how we can help protect the ocean in our everyday lives.

The Aquarium’s exhibit focuses on three main reasons to thank the ocean: discovery, climate, and living. Eighty percent of the ocean remains unexplored and it provides us with countless opportunities for new discovery. And every day holds the possibility for new adventure. The ocean regulates our climate. It captures, stores, and transports heat, and absorbs carbon dioxide, which helps slow climate change impact. The ocean provides a living for people across the globe. Seventy-five percent of our planet is covered by ocean, and the oxygen it creates makes life on Earth possible. The ocean sustains us and provides habitat for millions of animals.

Thank You Ocean offers suggestions for how you can thank the ocean for discovery, climate and living. Suggestions include, keeping the spirit of discovery alive, supporting ocean conservation and marine protected areas, reducing fossil fuel use, saving energy, choosing seafood wisely, and visiting your local aquarium. This eye- catching exhibit is on permanent display so come by, view creatures of the sea and give thanks. “Thank You Ocean” is sponsored in part by ImageMonster.

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