A Blue View

Tuesdays 5:45 pm

A Blue View is a weekly perspective on the life aquatic, hosted by National Aquarium CEO John Racanelli.  From the smallest plants and animals invisible to the human eye to entire ecosystems, every living thing depends on and is intricately linked by water.

Tune in to 88.1 WYPR every Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. as John brings to the surface important issues and fascinating discoveries making waves in the world today.

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

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

Credit http://aqua.org/blog

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

Credit aqua.org/blog/2015/april/floating-forests

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

Credit www.marinespecies.org

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

Credit www.chesapeakebay.net

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

Credit Wikipedia

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

Credit Wikipedia

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

Credit Wikipedia

  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

Credit Eelke/Flickr

  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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A Blue View
6:01 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Bringing Bycatch to the Forefront - 2/10/15

Credit mwms1916/flickr

  Many of us have a romantic image of fishing: a weather-beaten waterman aboard a small fishing boat, hauling in a handmade rope net as a sou’wester approaches. Outside our beloved Chesapeake Bay, that romantic image—and the era it evokes—is mostly gone.

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