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Aquarium Theater

Beautiful and challenging films about our ocean and how we can all help the animals that call the water home.

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Monday- Acid Test, The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification

Ocean acidification is the quiet tsunami of environmental degradation. Within a few decades it may devastate some marine ecosystems and threaten the productivity of our fisheries. When we burn oil, coal or gas we are transforming the fundamental chemistry of the oceans, rapidly making water more acidic. (30 minutes)

Tuesday- Sharkwater

For Filmmaker Rob Stewart, exploring sharks began as an underwater adventure. What it turned into was a beautiful and dangerous exploration of the balance of life on Earth.  Warning: this film is rated PG Parental Guidance Recommended. Some scenes may scare young children. (85 minutes)

Starting on April 16, the Tuesday film will be Coral Sea Dreaming.

This breathtaking film is a celebration of coral reefs and a tribute to these vanishing treasures. Award-winning cinematographer David Hannan captured its high-definition sequences during thousands of dives on the Great Barrier Reef, Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia and the reefs of Papua New Guinea’s Coral Triangle. (84 minutes) The DVD is also available for purchase in the Aquarium Gift Shop.

Wednesday- One River, Many Voices

Narrated by Gene Hackman, this film tells the story of the people and wildlife that depend on the Rio Grande for life-giving water. Get ready for a trip down the Rio Grande, New Mexico’s liquid link to the sea. (9 minutes)

Thursday- In Hot Water

Host Peter Benchley takes us to the frozen pack ice of the Arctic, the temperate wetlands of the Chesapeake Bay and the tropical islands of the South Pacific to see the dramatic impacts of climate change, how it relates to the oceans, and why the whole world is feeling the effect. Find out what individual actions you can take to make smarter more energy efficient choices. (24 minutes)

Also in Thursday's rotation:

  • Surviving Sharks- Describing threats to the survival of sharks, this film calls for conservation actions. Surviving Sharks counters the myth of sharks as ruthless killers. As apex predators, sharks are vital for preserving healthy marine environments. (17 minutes)
  • Unwanted Catch- Each day thousands of marine animals, including turtles, dolphins and seabirds are caught in the nets of commercial fishing boats. Unwanted by the industry, these creatures are discarded overboard, often severely injured or dead. This film looks at the issue of bycatch in fisheries worldwide and the impact on our oceans. (17 minutes)
  • Empty Oceans, Empty Nets- This film examines the global marine fisheries and the pioneering efforts of fisherman, scientists and communities to sustain and restore these fisheries and our oceans. (15 minutes)
  • Magnificent Fish: Forgotten Giants- Sharks, tunas, swordfish and other billfish are some of the most fascinating fish in the sea yet they are in danger of becoming extinct. Learn more about these misunderstood giants. (15 minutes)

Friday- The End of the Line

Imagine an ocean without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. This is the future if we do not stop, think and act. The End of the Line is a powerful documentary about the devastating effect of overfishing and the profound implications of a future world with no fish. (54 minutes)

Saturday- Bag It

What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastics and their effects on waterways and oceans. We see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up to us and what we can do about it. Today. Right now. (60 minutes)

  • Read more about Bag It and find teacher resources.

Sunday- One River, Many Voices

Narrated by Gene Hackman, this film tells the story of the people and wildlife that depend on the Rio Grande for life-giving water. Get ready for a trip down the Rio Grande, New Mexico’s liquid link to the sea. (9 minutes)

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