Take a Dive!

Hi Parents! This week we will be taking a deep sea dive and explore the world’s oceans and their fantastic creatures. Today we have some links to videos and virtual tours. If you have the VR goggles, you can even feel like you are taking a real dive. Also, good news: Berlin’s Sea Life will be open soon for you to visit in person:

Starting on the 6th of June, you can visit Sea Life Berlin, the aquarium near Alexanderplatz. The first time I went there, I was rather disappointed since it seemed to me small and bit hokey, but we got a yearly pass, and it has honestly become one of our favorite places to go on an afternoon after school or a lazy Sunday when nothing else is open. It is set up like a labyrinth (probably to make it feel bigger) and the lighting is dimmed and the music kind of ethereal and relaxing. A highlight is the short tunnel where the rays and small sharks swim over you, and I particularly like the sea horse section as well. Aquadom, their huge fish tank with an elevator inside located in the Radisson Blu hotel (across the rear courtyard) is also unfortunately under renovation at this time. Sea Life is open from 11-17:00 M-F and 11-18:00 Saturdays and Sundays. If you live nearby, it is worth getting the yearly pass, since the one time entry is so pricey. (17-19€) You can also get combination tickets with other Merlin attractions. https://www.visitsealife.com/en/berlin/

VR TOURS:

The Schmidt Ocean Series is what caught my attention on the topic: This is the deepest sea exploration to date with a guided robot. Illuminating Biodiversity of the Ningaloo Canyons: here is footage of creatures that no one had ever seen before! Here is their YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_PyW3XHrw0

David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef is a gorgeous website and an interactive journey around this “beautiful but threatened world”. It delves in detail into some the many fish species and coral types that live on the 133,000-square-mile reef, to tell the story of one of Earth’s most biodiverse ecosystems and the damage done to it by climate change – through interactive time lapses, videos, weather maps and even a “mantis shrimp vision” tool (what the world looks like through the eyes of this amazing creature), and real sounds of the reef. If you have to choose just one of these links, this is it.

American Museum of Natural History offers this awesome 360 degree video Swimming with Giants. Dive into this video to virtually explore the world under the water and meet some of the oceans’ biggest creatures: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOsq7fQ9Z3A

National Geographic has a few 360 degree underwater tours:

Here you can dive with a hammerhead shark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG4jSz_2HDY

BBC Earth Unplugged has this video of shoaling fish and sea turtle here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EtfihvMLyQ

Dolphin Swim Club (exactly what it sounds like) 360 degree experience is very peaceful and mesmerizing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbT_e8lWWdo

AirPano offers this gorgeous 360 degree video of diving with a turtle, stingray and jellyfish in Indonesia:

From our Earth Day post, here are a couple of resources for exploring ocean conservation (for older kids):

Earth Echo

A series of “virtual field trips” with natural scientists, including aquaculture farmers, marine biologists, wastewater treatment workers, turtle and shark specialists, conservationists, and biogeochemists. https://www.earthecho.org/virtual-events

BowSeat

A variety of quizzes, videos, lesson plans and art projects on climate change and ocean conservation. Check out their Climate Art Contest, deadline June 15! https://bowseat.org/programs/ocean-awareness-contest/overview/

Enjoy these tours and check back or “follow” us for our next post on underwater themed activities and crafts you can do with your kids. 

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