Thousands of visitors celebrated our oceans with us here at the New England Aquarium on Central Wharf for our 2018 World Oceans Day festival.

There were lots of fun activities to help you learn about our blue planet from scientists, researchers, and representatives from our Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life and other like-minded groups.

Visitors could peer through microscopes at tiny organisms, try on a heavy metal diving helmet, enjoy a free cup of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, or try to disentangle fishing rope from a replica whale tale. One future whale rescuer did such a nice job freeing the replica whale, his father deemed he was ready to untangle the Christmas tree lights.

A World Oceans Day 2018 visitor looks through a microscope.
A World Oceans Day 2018 visitor looks at a shark egg.

More pictures from the 2018 World Oceans Day event

Schedule of Events

11 a.m.-12 p.m. – Member-Exclusive Activity

12:10 p.m. – Sustainable Seafood Demonstration, with Peter McCarthy, Chef and Owner of EVOO restaurant, Cambridge, MA 

  1. Spring Pea Puree recipe
  2. Herbed Bread Crunch recipe
  3. Baked Alaskan Pollock Fillet recipe, fish provided by our partner Gorton’s Seafood, find information on the fish product here
  4. Salsa Verde recipe

1:10 p.m. – Meet Red’s Best: Innovating Boston’s Local Seafood Supply Chain, with Jared Auerbach, Founder of Red’s Best

1:40 p.m. – Climate Change Conversations Made Easy, with Hannah Pickard, Manager, National Network of Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation

2:20 p.m. – Comic Books and Coral Reefs: A Cartoonist’s Guide to Ocean Conservation, with Maris Wicks, science writer and illustrator

2:40 p.m. – Ocean Stewardship Award Ceremony

Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life Presentations

Throughout the event there were presentations by scientists and researchers from the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, including tables featuring:

  • Sharks, including tagging and monitoring them and the climate change work being done at our Quincy location
  • Marine Conservation Action Fund, with games made of recycled material
  • Fur seal hormone activity, based on current research
  • Lobsters, with actual animals in the tent
  • Aerial whale surveillance, featuring a game based on what our scientists see and record during a surveillance flight

Click here to download the daily schedule.

Partners and Sponsors

See highlights from the 2017 World Oceans Day event at the Aquarium.