November at the Aquarium Learning About the Sharks of Long Island

Life is Jawesome- Unless You’re a Shark!

November 10, 2018

Oliver Shipley, Stony Brook University. In the media, sharks have long been painted as terrifying, blood-thirsty killers, but they are definitively more than that. Meet with a local shark scientist and learn about the role of sharks in governing healthy marine ecosystems, and why we should care about conserving their populations.

 

Photo Credit: https://www.newsday.com/long-island/sharks-long-island-1.19933809

Which seafood to choose?

Last Saturday (10/2018), visitors of LIA found out that eating a lot of seafood might be an issue for their health. With the help of Maureen Murphy from SBU, they learnt how choose fish and shellfish wisely.

 

September 22, 2018 –WANTED! Oxygen

Luis Medina, Stony Brook University. You may have heard of “dead zones” in the ocean, but what does this mean? Meet with local scientist and find out why the ocean is running out of oxygen, what areas this is happening to and the potential impacts on your favorite marine organisms!

 

Photo credit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_zone_(ecology)

Had a great time learning about skates, sharks, and the cool “mermaid purses” we all see at the beach with Lisa Crawford, Irvin Huang, Michael Clerkin.

You Are What You Eat: Pollution in the Marine Food Web

August 11, 2018

Lisa Crawford, Stony Brook University 

Everyone knows pollution is bad, but what happens when pollutants enter the ocean? Find out what happens to sharks, rays, and other marine critters when they are exposed to contaminants. Meet with a local marine biologist to learn about marine predators and the risks they face in the ocean.

 

 

PHOTO CREDIT: https://www.aqua.org/Experience/Animal-Index/sand-tiger-shark &  https://www.arkive.org/winter-skate/leucoraja-ocellata/image-G74914.html

Had a great time learning about ocean acidification and the effects on organisms we love to eat, wit Caroline Schwaner, Teresa Schwemmer and Max Grabinski!

What’s for Dinner in an Acidified Ocean?

June 21, 2018 

Caroline Schwaner, Teresa Schwemmer, Stony Brook University.

Though we may not feel ocean acidification just by swimming in the ocean, it will affect many of the plants and animals living in the water full time. Find out how the shellfish and fish you like to eat may be harder to find as the ocean continues to be more acidic, and how marine plants such as seagrass could help relieve some of the stress on our marine ecosystems around Long Island.

 

photo credit: https://www.pmel.noaa.gov/co2/story/What+is+Ocean+Acidification%3F

Happy as a fiddler crab

What a wonderful Saturday afternoon  with Pr. Levinton and his little friends with carapace! Children and their family enjoyed holding Fiddler Crabs and learning about their biology.

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