Monterey Bay Aquarium – Window on the Sea

Creating a Sustainable Future for Sea Life

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The ocean sustains all life on earth. From the air we breathe to the seafood
we eat, our very survival depends on healthy seas. –
Monterey Bay Aquarium

Founded in 1984 on the site of a former sardine cannery on Monterey’s famed Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA) has become one of the world’s leading aquariums with an annual attendance of some 2 million visitors.

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Home to thousands of sea plants and animals, the aquarium has over 600 species on display. And what a display it is!

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Visitors can view coastal marine life in the MBA’s 28-foot-high Ocean’s Edge tank that makes you feel you are submerged underneath the sea. This offers a rare chance to see a live “kelp forest” of Giant California Kelp.

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The forest can be seen from different observation levels along with the sea life inhabiting it.

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There’s also a 1.2 million-gallon tank that provides a window on the sea life and ecology of Monterey Bay.

 

Other viewing areas include habitat displays housing penguins, sea otters, jellyfish, squids and octopuses.

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You can get up close and personal with the penguins and other animals in the aquarium’s Splash Zone.

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Or go on a Mission to the Deep and take a virtual dive far below the water’s surface for a 360-degree video projection view of the ocean’s dark, cool depths.

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Built in honor of marine biologist Edward Ricketts (the basis for the character “Doc” in John Steinbeck’s novel Cannery Road),

the Monterey Bay Aquarium was funded initially with a grant from the David and Lucille Packard Foundation. Since then it has taken the lead in marine research and the promotion of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.

CanneyRow book coverThe aquarium is committed to preserving marine sea life and habitat: As stated on its website, “Our dedicated scientific staff and partners employ state-of-the-art methods to advance our scientific understanding of the animals and ecosystems we study.”

Executive Director Julie Packard says, “The ocean needs a greater voice when we consider conservation issues. We must consider ocean health in the context of climate change and human survival. The ocean plays a critical role in enabling life on Earth to exist. It makes the oxygen we breathe and buffers us from the impacts of rising greenhouse gases and global temperatures.”

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To find out more, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel talked to Ken Peterson, the MBA’s Communications Director, and got this link to the museum’s Future of the Ocean blog, which has up-to-date stories on its programs.

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One of the The MBA’s top priorities is studying the biology and ecology of endangered species, including turtles, sea otters, sharks and bluefin tuna, to ensure their preservation.

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Along with this, the aquarium is working to educate people on the need to employ sustainable fishing methods and food chain practices.

SurfWriter Girls appreciate what the MBA’s Seafood Watch program is doing to help restaurants and consumers make better seafood selections so that animals won’t be fished to extinction.

seafood watchIn addition to working with international regulatory agencies to eliminate illegal fishing, the aquarium provides Seafood Watch consumer pocket guides

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and mobile apps to use when you are dining out or buying seafood. The MBA notes “Since 1999, we’ve distributed over 51 million consumer guides and our smartphone app has been downloaded over 1.5 million times.”

Thanks to the Monterey Bay Aquarium we can all enjoy the ocean’s gifts for many years to come.

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The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
– Jacques Cousteau

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Matson Shipping Lines – South Seas Dreams

NAVIGATING THE ART OF ADVENTURE

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Now that a new year is dawning there are endless possibilities to consider and a world to explore. What will we do next? Where will we go? What dreams will we dream?

New Dreams

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1963 Matson Lines Ocean Liner Cruise Ship Pacific

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From the early to mid-1900s, long before we lived in a 24/7 global, connected world, the Matson Shipping Lines sailed to exotic places that most people only dreamed about.

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Its world-class luxury liners provided the fastest, finest and most elegant service available to the Hawaiian Islands, Polynesia, New Zealand and Australia.

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Offering the promise of South Seas adventures and tropical paradises, the cruise line commissioned top artists and photographers to create advertising posters that would lure travelers to book passage on its ships traversing the Pacific Ocean.

 

Artists Frank Macintosh, John Kelly, Eldridge Logan, Louis Macouillaird, Richard Moore and Eugene Savage all painted iconic island scenes for Matson.

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Even famed photographers Edward Steichen and Anton Breuhl got on board to celebrate the Matson dream.

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Steichen photo ad in VogueThe advertising posters were showcased in adventure and travel magazines ranging from National Geographic to Holiday and in glossy fashion magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.

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That era of glamorous adventures on the high seas may have come to an end, but the posters and the dreams live on.

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