This dynamic exhibit space on Level 1 opened after exciting renovations throughout the building. It presents the serious challenges facing the oceans and showcases the Aquarium's global leadership in searching for solutions through interactive displays, interpretive presentations and small live animal exhibits.

The exhibit highlights three aspects of Aquarium expertise: the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on corals, threats facing the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale and efforts to
protect seafood resources through sustainable fishing practices. Interactive touch screens and changing
displays engage visitors in the actions the Aquarium is taking around the world. In addition, the exhibit area features two rare glimpses into marine animal life cycles.

Shark Nursery

Many of the smaller sharks you see at the Aquarium are bred right here on Central Wharf. Visitors to the Blue Planet Action Center can see shark egg cases waiting to hatch and juvenile sharks in an ocean floor habitat. Learn more about shark breeding at the Aquarium and about the importance of conserving shark populations in the wild.


Lobster Nursery

The Aquarium's American Lobster Research Program has a year-round research hatchery that raises thousands of larval and juvenile lobsters. Visitors to the Blue Planet Action Center can see juvenile lobsters in different stages of development, starting at between 1 and 2 years. The exhibit also features different colored lobsters from the hatchery. Learn more about those color variations in this post from the Exhibit Galleries Blog.



The Blue Planet Action Center was established through the generosity and vision of
Bill and Barbara Burgess and Anita and Joshua Bekenstein.