World Oceans Day
Saturday, June 10, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
It’s a well-known fact that the oceans make up a VERY large part of the planet we live on. Even more – we don’t know nearly as much about it as we’d like! Head to the Houston Zoo on Saturday, June 10 to celebrate and learn how to keep the oceans healthy during World Oceans Day Presented by Whole Foods Market.
What do I get to do at World Oceans Day?
- Visit our booths to learn about marine debris.
- Sign up for our beach clean-up happening Saturday, July 15.
- Check out our turtle excluder device, or TED, and learn more about safer fishing methods.
- Check out the interactive Seafood Watch kiosk in the Carruth Natural Encounters Building.
This event is included with your Zoo admission and is free for Zoo members.
Why is the Ocean So Neat?
Did you know that our oceans make oxygen? Phytoplankton living near the surface of the water absorb carbon dioxide during photosynthesis just like plants do on land. What’s their advantage? They cover a lot more surface area of the planet and, therefore, produce half of the Earth’s oxygen supply.
The oceans also provide food! The diversity of life in the ocean make for some interesting meals, but some species are being overfished and are upsetting the delicate balance of life in the big blue.
Check out this Science Made Simple blog for an explanation on how YOUR food choices keep our oceans healthy!
Plastics and Our Oceans
Plastics revolutionized the way we live our lives, but this handy material can cause serious havoc on the environment when it is not disposed of properly. Plastic breaks down into tiny and even tinier pieces, but it never REALLY goes away. Instead, it ends up on beaches and even inside marine animals that confuse it for food. Sea turtles, for example, sometimes confuse plastic bags for jelly fish.
It seems like such a big problem, but it can be solved in a simple way by the choices you make every day. Most of the items that end up in the ocean have a reusable alternative like beverage bottles and cans, paper and plastic sacks, and even straws!
Here are some easy steps you can take to help keep our oceans healthy:
- Choose a reusable water bottle instead of a plastic bottle.
- Take a reusable canvas bag with you when you go shopping so you can politely decline the single-use plastic bags.
- Reuse plastic items around your home – like making a bird feeder out of an empty milk jug.
- Say no to plastic lids and straws.