Ballast can be difficult to explain to an adult, let alone a 10 year old; until we give them putty and pennies and a bucket of water.
They put the putty in the water. In lump form, it sinks. Spread it out gradually, see how many pennies you can put in it before it sinks. Excellent – try it again! Next thing you know, a classroom of kids actually understands the concept of ballast.
You stroll by the window of the Boys & Girls Club and notice a group watching TV and one person in front of a computer, but their eyes are not glazed over.
Somewhere in the world, an ocean expedition is underway. Marine scientists are discovering new life forms and evidence of life long ago.
How are these related?
The people in that club, along with hundreds of others like them across the country, are watching the live broadcast of the scientists’ discoveries. And, they’re having a conversation – all of them. Sharing the passion and igniting sparks in future marine scientists. At least 75% of the oceans are unexplored – maybe we can change that soon.
Whether an animal is in its natural habitat or in human care, we care deeply.
There’s the tiny seal pup found in Niantic, struggling and close to death, that we were able to save, make healthy and release back to the ocean.
There’s Charlotte the green sea turtle that came to us in 2008 from the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. She’d been found stranded, her shell and flippers covered in barnacles and likely stuck by a boat’s propeller. A CT and MRI revealed spinal damage that left her paralyzed and with air accumulating in her hind quarter. Although she is unable to survive in the open ocean now, there is a chance that, with long term rehabilitation, she could recover and be released. Until then, Charlotte is serving as an ambassador for her species, educating, charming and inspiring guests here at Mystic Aquarium.
The animal ambassadors here at Mystic Aquarium are helping us learn how to – as a society – care for and protect their wild counterparts and their natural habitats.
Sea Research Foundation, Inc. d/b/a Mystic Aquarium promotes the importance of conservation in every program, from preschool activities to adult classes.
We are one of only 45 organizations in the country participating in the African penguin Species Survival Plan (SSP). And as a co-founder of and participant in the Northeast Region Stranding Network, our Animal Rescue Program is the region’s primary care provider for marine animals in distress. The rescue efforts of Mystic Aquarium and its volunteer “first responders” are centered on the coasts of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Fishers Island, New York. Further, we have assisted organizations from Maine to New Jersey and even in Texas and California!
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