Four-stories tall and filled with 200,000 gallons of water, our Giant Ocean Tank is the undisputed crown jewel of the New England Aquarium.

On occasion, some very special visitors get to don a New England Aquarium wetsuit and hop into our favorite exhibit.

Earlier this month, Anna Oposa, Founder and “Chief Mermaid” of Save Philippine Seas, became the first visiting Marine Conservation Action Fund Fellow to take a dive in the GOT. Naturally, we attached a GoPro to her so you could experience it along with her!


GOT Guest Dive: Anna Oposa

Guest Diver Q&A

Introduce yourself!

Anna: Hi! I’m Anna Oposa and I am the Co-Founder, Executive Director, and “Chief Mermaid” of Save Philippine Seas. I’m also a Marine Conservation Action Fund Fellow.

Where is the coolest place you’ve ever dove?

Anna: The coolest place I’ve ever been in terms of diving is the Tubbataha Reefs in the Philippines, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It has over 400 species of corals and the most number of shark species in the Philippines!

What was your favorite part of diving in the GOT? 

Anna: There’s a part where we swim through the reef and I felt like Ariel in “The Little Mermaid,” so I was thinking of the scene where she sings: “Up where they walk, up where they run …” but then my tank got caught in the reef and it ruined my Little Mermaid moment.

MCAF Fellow Anna Oposa diving in our Giant Ocean tank
MCAF Fellow Anna Oposa diving in our Giant Ocean tank.

More About Anna

Our special guests are some truly amazing people, and Anna is no exception. Anna is the Executive Director and “Chief Mermaid” of Save Philippine Seas, a movement to protect the Philippines’ coastal and marine resources by mobilizing seatizen-led initiatives for collective action and behavior change.

She recently sat down with New England Aquarium President and CEO Vikki Spruill and MCAF Program Chair Elizabeth Stephenson to talk about MCAF, shark sanctuaries, and inspiring young ocean protectors.

Elizabeth Stephenson, Anna Oposa, and Aquarium President Vikki Spruill.

Conservation Context

The Marine Conservation Action Fund
Ocean conservation leaders are working across the globe to take on the most challenging problems facing the ocean, starting at a local level. Yet, they often lack the support they need to be successful. MCAF, part of the Aquarium’s Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, aims to ensure these conservation leaders have the financial and professional resources to achieve key ocean conservation gains and the platform to share their work.
Since it was founded in 1999, MCAF has supported more than 140 projects in more than 40 countries and across six continents.