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Earth Day 2018

What did you do last Saturday to celebrate Earth Day? Perhaps you were one of the Pokémon Go trainers taking part in clean-up events hosted by Niantic and various NGOs around the world?

The cleanup transpired over a 48-hour period and rewarded players with Stardust when catching Ground, Water, and Grass-type Pokémon. While I personally have no idea what any of that means, I do know that the event has been extended due to the overwhelming involvement of more than 4,000 trainers at 68 events around the world. The rewards will be available until April 30, so if you haven’t yet, get out there!

The Pokémon Go Earth Day event was created with Mission Blue in an attempt to find more ways for the virtual world to interact with the real world in meaningful ways.

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A Rising Tide

The ocean isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Colorado, but for a handful of students, sharks were certainly up there. The A Rising Tides scholars dove with sharks at the Denver Aquarium as part of their experiential learning program with Ocean First. Not only did the students hop willingly (and happily) into an acrylic cage to see sharks up close and personal, the local CBS 4 News crew was there to capture it for all to see.

“I was a little bit nervous. I didn’t think I would feel it… but the moment I was fully in the water, everything went away.” - Emily S., Longmont High School

Not only did the students get to dive with sharks, they were also invited to the FOX Morning Show in Denver where they shared their experience and what the A Rising Tide opportunity means to them.

You can keep up with with all of the A Rising Tide scholars by watching their weekly web series.

Ocean View
Love of the Ocean

My love for the ocean and for traveling has taken me all over the world. From South America to Thailand, and the Bay of Fundy (my summer home for 13 years) to Antarctica, the ocean calls me, and I answer as often as I can. As I write this from home in Denver, I have never lived so far from a Great Lake or an ocean, but when I close my eyes I can recreate the sensory journey of being at sea. I can see the soothing tones of the blue and green water; I can hear the sounds of squawking sea birds and waves crashing; I can smell the salty sea air (which is dimethyl sulfide by the way); I can feel the ocean breeze and the spray of water kissing my face, and, if even for just a few minutes, I can escape to the sea.

Read more about Lynna’s passion for the ocean in our latest blog post.

1 Topic : 5 Facts
How well do you know the ocean?
This regular feature will help acquaint you with our blue planet.
Topic: Grouper
  1. The largest species of grouper, the goliath (Epinephelus itajara), can reach eight feet and weigh more than 1,000 pounds!
  2. Some grouper species form spawning aggregates of 100 individuals, or more, for a few weeks out of the year at select locations. Those locations are being studied as future MPAs.
  3. You can estimate the age of a grouper by counting the growth rings in the rays of its dorsal fin, which is similar to counting the rings of a tree.
  4. After reaching sexual maturity, large females will sometimes change sex and challenge the dominant male to take over his harem.
  5. Groupers are a long-lived fish, many reaching 50+ years in age.
Events and Announcements
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The A Rising Tide scholars are inching closer to their open-water dives in Key Largo, FL. Keep up with all the action by tuning in every Thursday at 3:00pm MST for a new webisode.

We’re working on the next destination of 360° Virtual Field Trips, the Solomon Islands! Due out this fall.

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