New Orleans: A unique vessel has docked along Canal Street in New Orleans, in front of The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, completing a mission that could save a dramatic declining in shark populations.
A team aboard the MV OCEARCH research vessel has just concluded a multi-species study; specifically of hammerhead, tiger, and mako sharks in the Gulf of Mexico. The mission was to generate previously unattainable scientific data critical to ocean conservation.
From Friday, November 27 through Sunday, December 6, the public can visit the Shark Research Exhibit located on the second floor of Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in the Pisces Room. The shark exhibit is only available during OCEARCH visit and will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The interactive exhibit features a life-size great white shark model, tracking screens to view OCEARCH tagged sharks, education stations and more.
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas Managing Director Rich Toth said, “It’s breathtaking to consider how much there is about our oceans that has yet to be scientifically researched. When you also learn the staggering statistic that 200,000 sharks are killed each day, it becomes clear our oceans are imperiled on several fronts. It’s an incredible honor to host OCEARCH at the Aquarium. Thanks to the efforts of the OCEARCH team, the brightest minds of our time have an opportunity to help save the oceans and their creatures.”
This exhibit is an amazing educational opportunity for all ages to learn more about the plight of sharks, the work of scientists, and what small changes you can make every day to help protect them.