Wonders of the Sea Week
April 2-6, 9 AM – 5 PM
Join us for Spring Break and welcome our new Moray Eel! Take in the “Coral Reefs: Nurseries of the Sea” conservation kiosk, a screening of the award-winning documentary “Chasing Coral,” and sea-themed shows in the Abbitt Planetarium. Witness a scuba dive program and fish feeding in the Chesapeake Bay Tank and more.
Moray Eel Exhibit
Opening on April 2, the Moray Eel will be the new highlight of the Museum’s World of Darkness gallery. This exhibit will showcase the eel’s beautiful, strange, and unique appearances as well as its reclusive behavior.
The exhibit will have a total volume of approximately 1000 gallons, with extensive custom rock work complete with holes, cracks and hiding place in which the eel can showcase its natural behaviors. Low LED lighting will accentuate the feel of light penetrating the depths while creating an eerie feel. The exhibit opening is included in museum admission.
Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. Divers, photographers and scientists set out on an ocean adventure to discover why the reefs are disappearing and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. “Chasing Coral” is a Netflix Original documentary.
“Chasing Coral” will screen Monday–Friday during Wonders of the Sea Week at 1:30 pm and will include a short introduction with coral specimens from the Museum’s collections.
Under the Sea Party
April 7, 6 PM – 8 PM
Dive into “Sea-labration” that highlights the wonderful world under the sea, real and imaginary! Discover the effects pollution has one our environment and why conservation is so important through storytelling and educational displays. Check out our awesome new Moray Eel exhibit. Stop by our Mermaid Cove for story time, rock-out with our Pirates on the dance floor, and enjoy craft activities and games. It’s a costume party so wear your best mermaid, pirate, sea creature or Hawaiian shirt. Also, enjoy tropical treats like fruit & yogurt parfaits, fish food crackers, and walk the cheese planks!
Games, Crafts, & Activities: Fish Cup, Walk the Plank, Magnet Fishing, Hook Ring Toss, Paper Bag Fish, What’s Your Pirate Name?