Need a reason to celebrate? We have a good one: World Oceans Day, the one day set aside each year on June 8 to honor the oceans that give us everything from the food we eat to the air we breathe. First established in 2002, World Oceans Day offers us all an opportunity to reflect on the enormous impact our oceans have on our lives and how we can give back in a way that ensures a healthy future for our blue planet.
Join us on Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8 for our World Oceans Day Celebration, where we’ll be toasting our oceans harbor-side with food, drinks, free activities and live music from 10 am to 3 pm. Chow down on sustainable seafood, produce and barbecue catered by Harbor Market Kitchen, and sip on local beer and wine from Heavy Seas and Boordy Vineyards—all right in the Pier 3 Tent.
Visit Exploration Stations throughout the event to learn how you can help protect the ocean and earn an opportunity to receive a discount at our Aqua Shop. Lend a hand as we build a 15-foot sculpture of Calypso—the Aquarium’s beloved green sea turtle—with the help of guest artist Kasey Jones from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Outdoor activities are free, and those taking place within the building are included with regular Aquarium admission.
Pledge to Protect Our Planet
Each person has the power to impact the future of our blue planet, and sometimes all it takes is a simple change to your lifestyle. For example, ditching single-use bottles for reusable ones can save 168 plastic bottles that might otherwise end up in the ocean or in landfills—plus, you can save up to $250 a year. Click the button below to pledge your commitment to ocean conservation and start making a difference today.
Take the Pledge
Help us inspire others to shape a healthy future for our oceans. Share your experiences with us via #48daysofblue.
Support Marine Animal Rescue
Since 1991, the National Aquarium Animal Rescue Program has rescued, treated and returned more than 100 animals to their natural habitats, including seals, sea turtles, dolphins, a porpoise, a pygmy sperm whale and a manatee. Charlie, Maverick and Tombstone—three of our latest sea turtle patients at our Animal Rescue Center—will soon join their ranks, as our dedicated staff and volunteers have declared them ready for release.
By protecting our oceans, you can help reduce the threats that bring many of these amazing animals into our rescue center for treatment. To learn more about our recently treated sea turtles and other rescues, visit our blog. Want to chat with our Animal Rescue team to learn more about the work they do and how you can help? Meet them at our World Oceans Day Celebration June 7 and 8!
Explore the Deep Seas—From Your Computer
So you’re not a scuba diver and don’t have the ocean in your backyard. No problem. On June 1, Fabien Cousteau—grandson of famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau—embarked on an ambitious undertaking: living and working underwater for a full month. Watch online as he and his team continue their mission 63 feet under the sea.
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Why We Should Celebrate the Ocean, by the Numbers:
- For 2.6 billion people, the ocean is their primary source of protein.
- For 3 billion people, the ocean is their livelihood.
- For all of us, the ocean absorbs more than 30 percent of carbon dioxide produced by humans, slowing climate change and allowing us a quality of life that, without the ocean, would not be possible (if we could survive at all).
- A recent estimate suggests that there may be as many as 1 million species of non-bacterial life in the world’s waterways YET to be identified.
- Though Earth is 70 percent water, an incredible 90 percent of this aquatic real estate has yet to be discovered.
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