John Racanelli

Host, A Blue View

As chief executive officer, John Racanelli leads a team of 600 full and part-time employees and 1,000 volunteers in pursuing the National Aquarium’s mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures.  More than 1.5 million people annually visit the Aquarium’s venue in Baltimore, Maryland, while millions more are touched by the Aquarium’s education programs, outreach activities, social media campaigns and conservation initiatives.

A passionate advocate for the ocean, John strives to drive conservation action worldwide, ensure the success of one of the nation’s leading aquarium enterprises, and fundamentally change the way the world views the ocean and aquatic systems.

John joined the National Aquarium in July 2011 after 10 years as president of Racanelli Partners, Inc. The San Francisco-based consulting firm served the needs of nonprofit leaders nationally and globally, focusing on cultural and conservation organizations including Mission Blue/Sylvia Earle Alliance, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the Surfrider Foundation.

After co-founding Mission Blue with author and oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, John assisted her in developing and launching Google Ocean, Google’s most significant enhancement of Google Earth, the most popular earth visualization tool in existence.

Prior to founding his firm, John spent 16 years in leadership positions at U.S. aquariums. He was the first CEO of the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, where he built the facility, team and vision for Tampa Bay’s leading cultural attraction.  He also served for nine years on the leadership team of the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium as its vice president of marketing and development, joining the aquarium a year before its opening. While in college, John began his career as a diver and aquarist, an experience that he credits with giving him great appreciation for the work of everyone on the aquarium team.

Fluent in Spanish, John holds a degree in strategic management from Dominican University of California. He is a SCUBA diver, open-water swimmer, sailor and surfer. His weekly radio show and podcast on WYPR public radio, “A Blue View,” explores important issues related to the aquatic world. John and his family are proud residents of Canton, Baltimore’s historic waterfront district.

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A Blue View
7:21 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

10 Reasons to Love Manatees - 4/21/15

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Manatees made headlines this winter when a group of them, including a mother and calf, became marooned in a Florida storm drain and had to be rescued by marine biologists with backhoes and earth-moving equipment. Why such heavy machinery?

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A Blue View
7:28 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

The Technology Behind Baltimore's Water Wheel - 4/14/15

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Inspired by the water mills of Baltimore’s industrial past, the Water Wheel harnesses the power of the Jones Falls River to turn the wheel and lift trash and debris in to a dumpster barge.

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A Blue View
5:16 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Floating Forests - 4/7/15

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Gardeners in Maryland know that most trees in our temperate climate don't like having wet feet. And water that's salty? Forget about it. Around here, having tree roots submerged in saltwater is guaranteed to kill off your landscaping.

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A Blue View
8:39 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Fish That Make Sound - 3/31/15

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When you think of an animal that purrs, grunts, croaks or hums, I’ll bet it’s not a fish. But, I’ll let you in on a secret: More than 150 species of fish on the East Coast of the U.S. are what scientists call “somniferous.” They make noise. Lots of it.

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A Blue View
4:06 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Jellies in the Chesapeake - 3/24/15

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Many residents of the Chesapeake Bay region have felt the sting of a sea nettle at least once in their life—sometimes an unfortunate consequence of the activities we enjoy on our waterways.

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A Blue View
3:32 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Underwater Masterpieces: Nudibranchs - 3/17/15

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What animals do you think exhibit the most kaleidoscopic variety of colors and patterns in the wildest diversity of forms in the animal kingdom? Tropical birds? Rain forest frogs? Well, move over toucans; and hop aside, poison-dart frogs. Because the prize for the most flamboyant group of animals out there has to go to the 3,000 species that make up the sub-class called nudibranchs.

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A Blue View
6:42 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Inside Giant Clams - 3/10/15

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In the vastness of the ocean, there are many so-called animal to animal symbionts, seemingly odd-fellow relationships from which both species benefit. The movie Finding Nemo made famous one such partnership, that of the clownfish and anemone.

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A Blue View
3:26 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

The History of the Megalodon - 3/3/15

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  It makes sense that the public is fascinated by sharks. In storytelling, they are compelling characters, if not scientifically accurate all the time.  There’s one shark species that has gained attention in recent years—the prehistoric megalodon.

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A Blue View
3:53 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Seal Season - 2/24/15

Seal sightings are rare for even the most frequent beach-goers to the Mid-Atlantic shore. In a typical year, about 20 are spotted in Ocean City, Maryland.

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A Blue View
5:27 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Migration of Oceanic Plankton - 2/17/15

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  In the popular cartoon “SpongeBob SquarePants,” Plankton is a tiny troublemaker who fantasizes about someday taking over the world. Well, according to the scientists who study these microscopic migrators, they may already have.

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