The 3rd annual NOAA Ocean Discovery Day was held May 1, 2010 following a one year vacation due to Hurricane Ike. Staff from NOAA Fisheries, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA Office of Law Enforcement, National Weather Service, Sea Grant, and the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network showed off their work and entertained guests with activities and information.
A special feature this year was NOAA's Science on a Sphere, which introduced visitors to currents, sea surface temperatures, tsunamis, sea turtle tracking, and more on a global scale.
The following pictures highlight the activities captured by Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary staff throughout the day.
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Photo credits: FGBNMS
Sanctuary Displays & Activities
Reusable cups and bags waiting to be distributed at the start of Ocean Discovery Day. A display about marine debris further emphasizes the need to be kind to our ocean enviroment.
Emma Hickerson talks to guests in the entry area at sanctuary headquarters. Sanctuary handouts and displays are visible on the counter to the left.
National Weather Service and NOAA Office of Law Enforcement displays at the sanctuary offices.
Sanctuary volunteer Kai Drinnen assists two visitors doing a cloud activity using cottonballs and water droppers.