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Poisoned Waters  buttonLink

Cyanide fishing and the marine fish trade

The demand for live fish for both the marine aquarium and seafood trade spurs the use of destructive collecting techniques, including cyanide fishing. Cyanide is a toxic chemical used to stun the fish, allowing them to be gathered by hand. Many fish suffer lasting injury and experience early mortality. The fishermen frequently cause physical damage to reefs during collecting as well, destroying branching corals while getting at small fish in crevices.

Audio Posted: February 5, 2008 | Running time: 2:15

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Francisco Ayala: Science and Religion

Guest Speakers | Conservation

Francisco Ayala: Science and Religion  buttonLink

Bridging the gap between differing perspectives

Professor of Biological Sciences, University of California at Irvine, Francisco J. Ayala, states while although it is desirable to improve the human condition, there are issues surrounding the human genome. There also is an ongoing conflict between science and religion, but Ayala attempts to explain that these two viewpoints can coexist and are simply different dimensions of the world.

Audio Posted: January 31, 2008 | Running time: 5:43

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Francisco Ayala: Evolution

Guest Speakers | Conservation

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Discussion of natural selection and evolution

Francisco J. Ayala, Professor of Biological Sciences, University of California at Irvine, shares how evolution shows us the history of life through time and how natural selection is the mechanism by which change in organism occur. Ayala also covers ways to improve awareness of the current ecological crisis our world faces, and ways to preserve the environment and biological diversity.

Audio Posted: January 31, 2008 | Running time: 8:03

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Animal News | Conservation | Education Audio | Marine Biology

A Lost Lizard Found  buttonLink

Rediscovering Kalabeck’s monitor

Monitors are intelligent carnivorous lizards that include the Komodo dragon, the largest lizard in the world. A species of monitor known as “Kalabeck’s monitor” was rediscovered in the 1990s after it had been re-identified as a distinct species. Baxter the monitor at the Aquarium is an example of this species.

Audio Posted: January 14, 2008 | Running time: 2:10

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Animal News | Conservation | Education Audio | Marine Biology

The Misunderstood Sand Tiger  buttonLink

An inoffensive shark with a fearsome visage

The menacing-looking sand tiger shark is unfairly labeled as a man-eater. The species is vulnerable across much of its range due to bycatch and recreational fishing. In Australia, efforts to restore the sharks’ population include endangered species listing, recovery planning, and captive breeding.

Audio Posted: January 14, 2008 | Running time: 2:31

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Conrad Lautenbacher: FishWatch

Guest Speakers | Conservation

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FishWatch Brought to You by NOAA’s Office of Fisheries

Are you seafood savvy? Do you know what fish are good for you, which are sustainably fished and which are overfished? Vice Admiral Conrad Lautenbacher, Jr., USN (Ret), Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, talks about FishWatch. This new program of NOAA’s Office of Fisheries presents up-to-date scientific data and is designed to help the public make intelligent, informed decisions about the fish they select to consume.

Audio Posted: January 11, 2008 | Running time: 3:34

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Richard West

Guest Speakers | Oceanography

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A View of the Ocean from Washington

Rear Admiral Richard West, USN (Re.) is president of the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE) division of the Consortium of Ocean Leadership whose mission is to advance research, education, and sound ocean policy. In his view of the ocean from Washington, Admiral West gives us a candid look at what’s happening now and a peek into the future.

Audio Posted: January 11, 2008 | Running time: 3:37

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Conrad Lautenbacher: Global Climate Change

Guest Speakers | Climate Change | Oceanography

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Climate Change: NOAA Scientists Predict the Future

The National Ocean and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA), under the direction of Vice Admiral Conrad Lautenbacher, Jr., USN (Ret), is charged with analyzing and predicting the nation’s climate and weather now and into the future. Admiral Lautenbacher explains how NOAA agencies are responding to the need to help society understand, plan for, and respond to climate variability and change.

Audio Posted: January 11, 2008 | Running time: 4:02

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Tom Bowman

Guest Speakers | Climate Change

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Policy and technology alternatives for controlling climate change and its impact globally and in California.

Tom Bowman is one of the premier interpreters of global warming science, impacts, and solutions. Tom led the design teams that created hands-on climate exhibitions for the Marian Koshland Science Museum, the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, and the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, CA. Policymakers and the design press have acknowledged these award-winning exhibitions for bringing balanced, authentic science to the public in engaging ways.

Audio Posted: January 11, 2008 | Running time: 4:23

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Conservation Issues | Conservation | Education Audio

Cabo Pulmo  buttonLink

Abundant sea life that thrives along the coast of Baja California is represented in our Gulf of California exhibit

The Cabo Pulmo reefs along Baja California support marine life ranging from strikingly colorful fish to playful seal lions, but these reefs have been endangered by a variety of sources. Due to this threat, the Mexican government has made it a national marine park. See some of the animals native to Cabo Pulmo represented at the Aquarium.

Audio Posted: November 30, 2007 | Running time: 2:47

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Rescue Animals

Animal News | Conservation | Marine Biology

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The Aquarium provides a safe haven for numerous animals.

There are rescue animals, or animals that would not be able to survive in the wild, that reside at the Aquarium of the Pacific, including sea otters, sea lions, and other marine creatures. One of those is a recent addition to the Aquarium family, a sea lion named Odin. Despite the fact that Odin is nearly blind, he has acclimated to his new home quite nicely.

Audio Posted: November 30, 2007 | Running time: 2:14

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Exhibits | Marine Biology

Sea Otter Habitat  buttonLink

Interesting Information on Our Sea Otter Habitat

An informative talk on the sea otters in our Sea Otter Habitat located in the Northern Pacific Gallery here at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Audio Posted: November 2, 2007 | Running time: 3:12

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Exhibits | Marine Biology

Diving Birds  buttonLink

Horned Puffins Flocking to Southern California

There are several types of diving birds that can be found at the Aquarium of the Pacific. The Horned Puffins, in particular, prove to be popular among visitors. And Horned Puffins have been sighted in Southern California more than ever before.

Audio Posted: November 2, 2007 | Running time: 1:55

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Animal News

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Animals from land as well as the sea call the Aquarium home.

Aquarium of the Pacific visitors have the opportunity to not only interact with marine animals, but also discover some unexpected terrestrial creatures as well. These creatures are referred to as Program Animals, and include various mammals, birds and reptiles.

Audio Posted: November 2, 2007 | Running time: 2:25

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Dr. William Patzert

Guest Speakers | Oceanography

Dr. William Patzert  buttonLink

The "El Nino Expert"

Bill Patzert has a PhD in oceanography and is a research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab at the California Institute of Technology.

Audio Posted: November 2, 2007 | Running time: 4:20

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