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Title:
Marine Mammals of the Arctic Live Webcasts
When:
Tuesday, May 18 2010 - Thursday, May 20 2010 
Category:
Immersion

Description

This May, venture to the ends of the earth to meet the fascinating animals that live there and the people who work with them. Immersion Learning brings the vast and exciting Arctic world live via webcast to Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration on May 18 to 20. During the live Marine Mammals of the Arctic webcasts, viewers will have the opportunity to interact directly with scientists and trainers who work with marine mammals to better understand their behaviors and physiology, as well as the impact of humans and climate change on these animals. Kids watching the programs will also be able to participate in an online question-and-answer session and polling features as they hear from these experts and learn how they can help protect the oceans.

Viewers will get a firsthand look at polar bear research, seal rescue and rehabilitation efforts at the aquarium, satellite tagging and population surveys of ringed seals and beluga research that involves a unique collaboration between the people of Point Lay, Alaska, and researchers, including one based at Mystic Aquarium. Kids will also meet the three winners of Immersion’s first-ever Goldfish Training Contest, who will each serve as an “apprentice trainer” during one day of webcasts and work closely with the aquarium’s beluga whales and professional trainers.

The 30-minute Marine Mammals of the Arctic webcasts can be viewed at immersionlearning.org or in the Immersion Theater in the Challenge of the Deep exhibition at the following times:

May 18: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.
May 19: 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 p.m.*
May 20: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.

*The 6 and 7 p.m. webcasts will not be shown in the Immersion Theater.

Cost: The webcasts are free to view at immersionlearning.org. Viewing the webcasts in the Immersion Theater is free with aquarium admission. Tickets will be available at the front gate on a first-come, first-served basis, as seating is limited.