Don’t Take Oceans for Granted

By Michael Berick

The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium has special programs for World Ocean Day. PHOTO BY TARA CROW

The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium has special programs for World Ocean Day. PHOTO BY TARA CROW

The United Nations recognized World Oceans Day, June 8, as a good opportunity to honor oceans around the globe and focus more awareness on their importance for the Earth’s environment. “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet” is the all-too-true motto for the tribute.

In Southern California, The Aquarium of the Pacific (100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach; will offer activities from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. that will focus on ocean pollution and climate change, and the Aquarium’s newly opened exhibit “Vanishing Animals” shines a spotlight on preservation issues. Admission is $29.95 adults, $17.95 ages 3-11.

Visit Heal The Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium (1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica; from 2-6 p.m. June 9 and participate in World Oceans Day-related craft projects, games and scavenger hunts. Throughout the day, the aquarium will screen an episode of Disney Jr.’s “The Octonauts” entitled “The Great Algae Escape,” to impart additional ecological knowledge. Admission: $5 ages 13 and older.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro; celebrates World Oceans Day from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 11. Visitors can enjoy free story times, scavenger hunts and craft projects, take close-up peeks at baby animals and go on a guided beach walk.

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