People around the world celebrated World Oceans Day on June 8—but the Seattle Aquarium expanded the festivities into two days with World Ocean Weekend on June 13 and 14. Through a variety of engaging demonstration and fun activities, Aquarium guests learned how everyone—no matter where they live—can be an ocean hero while helping to keep our marine environment clean and healthy. A popular children’s ocean hero, Captain Barnacles of the Octonauts, was even on hand to lend his support to the cause!
Local ocean heroes The Northwest Straits Foundation featured their derelict gear removal program, which is responsible for restoring 790 acres of Puget Sound habitat to health by removing 5,500 derelict fishing nets and 3,800 derelict crab pots. And The Nature Conservancy challenged our guests to take a pledge against plastic water bottles. The Aquarium café joined in by suspending sale of plastic water bottles for the weekend while promoting their regular practices of using sustainable seafood and compostable service ware.