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Aquarium Celebrates World Ocean Day on June 8 with Free Online Classes and a Live Broadcast on TikTok

Learn about our ocean planet, endangered species, and what you can do to help on World Ocean Day.

educator gestures with open hand towards a shark egg case with a baby shark silhouette on the screen behind her

Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific

June 8, 2022

The Aquarium of the Pacific is celebrating World Ocean Day, which takes place on June 8, with special offerings you can participate in online and by inviting the public to visit its new exhibition highlighting baby animals.

Kids and teens can learn about habitats and create art on World Ocean Day through special online classes taught by Aquarium educators at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). Then, meet Aquarium staff members and animals during a live broadcast on TikTok focused on Saving Species at 3:00 p.m.

The Aquarium also invites the public to visit in person to explore its new Babies! exhibition to meet the newest and cutest additions to the Aquarium family and learn how baby animals hold the key to their species’ future. You can experience the heartwarming joy of baby animals like fuzzy rescued sea otters, tiny cuttlefish that change color, miniature sea jellies, and baby sharks. Through the new exhibition, you can also find out about the threatened and endangered animals in California that the Aquarium is helping, including mountain yellow-legged frogs, white abalone, giant sea bass, sea otters, and sea turtles. Many of these species are threatened by the impacts of climate change, overfishing, habitat loss, and other environmental issues. Through rescue, rehabilitation, breeding, and release programs, the Aquarium is working to help these species. The Aquarium is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on World Ocean Day.

Those looking to support the nonprofit Aquarium’s ocean conservation efforts can do so by becoming an Aquarium member, making reservations to visit, donating, or volunteering. The Aquarium is inviting the public to participate in an ongoing cleanup initiative through its community science program called T.R.A.S.H. The Aquarium also invites the public to take part in its local sea turtle monitoring project to help this population of endangered green sea turtles.

Aquarium Online Academy Classes:

Protecting Ocean Spaces – 9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. PDT Why is it important to take action to protect our ocean spaces? Join an Aquarium educator to explore the world’s ocean habitats, from coral reefs to kelp forests, and the ways that we and communities across the globe are working to protect and preserve our world’s oceans.

Draw with Me (Spanish / en Español) – 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. PDT Join an Aquarium educator and use art and observation to explore a local marine habitat: the kelp forest. This habitat plays a vital role in providing homes to hundreds of species and providing humans with resources vital to our survival. You can draw with the Aquarium and explore why learning about and protecting these marine habitats is so important.

Live Broadcast on TikTok: 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. PDT Join the Aquarium on TikTok for a live broadcast celebrating World Ocean Day. The social media team and other staff members will be talking about Saving Species and visiting the rescued sea otters. They will discuss the Aquarium’s conservation programs and how you can help.

How to view:

On Wednesday, June 8, at 3:00 p.m. PDT, you can tune in on TikTok @AquariumPacific for the World Ocean Day live broadcast. The 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. PDT Aquarium Online Academy classes can be viewed from the Aquarium’s webpage for these virtual classes. The schedule will be posted on the Aquarium’s World Ocean Day webpage, along with links to social media outlets that will also stream the event live.