Now Playing! Wild Ocean 3D
Wild Ocean 3D is an explosive, symphonic film that captures one of the natural world's greatest spectacles. Each year, a massive feeding frenzy takes place off South Africa as billions of fish migrate up the KwaZulu-Natal Wild Coast. Breaching whales, frenzied sharks, herding dolphins and diving gannets compete in an epic underwater struggle for survival. While the migration has provided a food source for both life in the sea and the people living along the African shores, global warming trends and overfishing have threatened this great migration's existence. Get submerged in this incredible flurry of oceanic activity at the Simons IMAX Theatre, then visit the Aquarium to learn how you can help reduce the threats facing the ocean.
Celebrate Halloween at the Aquarium
Fish, Fun & Fright
Exclusively for New England Aquarium members
October 24, 6-9 p.m.
This aquatic Halloween party features treats, creatures from the deep and special holiday surprises! A light meal, soft drinks and kids' goodie bags are included in the ticket price. Costumes are strongly encouraged! Reservations are required; click here to reserve your space online. Not a yet member? Join today to access all the privileges of membership! Members may bring non-members as guests.
Joker's Wild Halloween Party
October 30, 7-11 p.m.
Why so serious? Put on your best Joker face and join in on the fun at the Simons IMAX Theatre on Thursday, October 30 for a pre-Halloween bash and screening of the superhero hit The Dark Knight. The party kicks off with spine-tingling tunes and prizes from WBOS 92.9 FM. Enjoy food, a costume contest, a loaded "trick or treat" bag and a cash bar, then experience Batman's battle against the menacing Joker.
Tickets to the event, which include the party and the film, are $12.95--or $6.50 for guests in costume! (Costume discount applies to 8:45 p.m. showing only.) Tickets must be purchased in person at the IMAX box office on October 30, or online tickets can be purchased in advance at regular price. The Dark Knight is rated PG-13.
Live the Blue LifestyleNot-so-fun fact: The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 75 percent of our waste is recyclable--yet, despite ambitious recycling programs in many communities, most of it still ends up in the trash.
Don't let confusion about where, how or what to recycle stop you from living blue. Earth911.org offers vast resources on the basics of recycling, including how to dispose of tricky objects like electronics, batteries or paint, where to drop off recycling if your community doesn't offer curbside pickup, and how to get started by sorting your trash. Many states and towns have websites with their own recycling policies, as well. (Massachusetts residents, check out massrecycle.org.) Every little bit helps!
Spotlight on Research
By Amanda Thompson, Lab Manager
The Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) project is a five-year study to assess the biological impacts around the deep-sea ports that allow boats to transfer liquid natural gas. The project has been in full swing this past month, and researches have been out collecting data on the research vessel Galatea in Massachusetts Bay.
Researchers have placed an acoustic tag on a spiny dogfish, a species local to the area, to gather data on the abundance, distribution and behavior of the fish in response to the LNG ports.
A researcher places an acoustic pop-up on the seafloor near the LNG ports to gather sound data that can be retrieved later.
Aquarium Lectures are free and open to the public but require registration. Programs start at 7 p.m. in the Aquarium's Harborside Learning Lab, unless otherwise noted. They last approximately one hour, and a reception follows.
Midway Atoll and the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument
Wayne Sentman, biologist and field naturalist, Oceanic Society
Vernal Pool Conservation
Dr. Aram Calhoun, Associate Professor, University of Maine
Journey With a National Geographic Photographer
Brian Skerry, National Geographic photographer and New England Aquarium Overseer
Using Technology to Help Protect the North Atlantic Right Whale
Kerry Lagueux, Associate Scientist, New England Aquarium
Register now for these educational programs to introduce your child to the world of water and its inhabitants.
Toddler Explorers: Ocean Motion
Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.: November 11, 18, December 2, 9
Fridays at 11 a.m.: November 14, 21, December 5, 12
Preschool Explorers: Ocean Motion
Tuesdays at 11 a.m.: November 11, 18, December 2, 9
Fridays at 9:30 a.m.: November 14, 21, December 5, 12
Ocean Detectives Squid Dissection
October 19 at 2 p.m. for 7- to 13-year-olds
Sea Turtles: November 8, 2 p.m. for 5- to 10-year-olds
November 8 at 7 p.m.
Enjoy an evening of fun and fishy activities in the Aquarium's Harborside Learning Lab, and then sleep over in the Aquarium's West Wing. The next morning, see the Aquarium before it opens to the public.
Grand Canyon Adventure 3D: River at Risk
Dolphins and Whales 3D: Tribes of the Ocean
The Dark Knight
The Joker is Back...
...and he's six feet tall! Even if you saw the The Dark Knight, you didn't see it like this: on the largest screen in New England surrounded by the best sound system in Boston, at the Aquarium's Simons IMAX Theatre. With four action scenes shot exclusively in large-format for IMAX, this is the must-see version for superhero fanatics, movie buffs and action fans.
This film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and some menace. The Dark Knight shows Sunday-Thursday at 6 p.m. and Friday-Saturday at 6 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Purchase tickets online.
You can use the Aquarium's website for more than just planning your next visit. Check out some of the FAQ pages, great resources for everything you ever wondered about Harbor Discoveries camps, where the Aquarium gets its fishes, the historic right whale birth sighting and penguins!
Climate Change Symposium
Save the Date: February 5, 2009
Along with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Aquarium will host a climate change symposium next February. The purpose of the symposium is to bring business leaders, policy makers and non-governmental organizations together to examine the impacts of climate change and acidification on the marine environment. Please contact Vickie Cataldo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-973-0235 if you or your organization is interested in attending.
November 18, 6:30 p.m.
The Aquarium's Celebrate Seafood Dinner Series teaches foodies, environmentalists and wine connoisseurs alike how to buy, prepare and serve ocean-friendly seafood.
November's event highlights farm-raised oysters, wild-caught striped mullet and farm-raised barramundi and features special guest chef Will Gilson of Garden at the Cellar.
Behind-the-ScenesGet an inside view of what it takes to care for our animals and exhibits. Learn how we feed the animals, how we keep the exhibits clean and how we make sure our animals are healthy.
The Marine Studies Consortium teaches evening undergraduate courses in marine/aquatic sciences and environmental management. The Biology of Fishes course offered at the Aquarium may be the only ichthyology course in the world where students use the resources of a major aquarium at every class meeting.
World of Water in the News
Whale's Death Remains a Mystery