Oceans: Acid vs Life
Ocean acidification has been described as potentially the greatest environmental threat we face, yet very few people have heard of it. The oceans have experienced a 30% increase in acidity in recent years. We're already seeing the impacts far and wide: it's changing fish behavior, making them more vulnerable to predation; it's harming coral reefs, the most biologically diverse areas of the sea; it's upsetting the ecological balance of the seas, and the world's oceans are rapidly becoming even more acidic.
Visitors learn about acidification at seven live action and computer animated video stations. Energetic kids can learn what a coral reef is and crawl through a life-size replica. Visitors gain perspective on the diversity of reefs in displays of shells. Explore coral, sponges, and other marine life with a microscope.