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
4:55 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Acidification and Animal Behavior - 11/25/14

Imagine if the air you breathed changed your behavior. You may become reckless or disoriented, even see or hear less effectively.

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A Blue View
9:16 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Up Close with Shark Teeth - 11/18/14

With a multiplicity of thin wafer-white triangles, each one dangerous and serrated, we know a top predator when we see one.

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A Blue View
6:06 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

The Amazing Life of the American Eel - 11/11/14

The life cycle and migratory patterns of eels had scientists stumped until relatively recently. Aristotle once theorized that these long, thin fish were spontaneously generated from the mud of river bottoms. Pliny the Elder thought they developed from adult eel skin that had rubbed off against rocks.

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A Blue View
8:44 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Fishes’ Sixth Sense - 11/4/14

We have five senses; ask any schoolchild and they can rattle them off on the fingers of one hand: hearing, taste, smell, touch and sight.

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A Blue View
10:45 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Underwater Volcanoes - 10/28/14

When most of us think of volcanoes, we think of mountains, rising and looming over flat plateaus. Cone-shaped and spewing burning ash and molten rock in flows of hot orange-red rock.

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A Blue View
6:18 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Sharks Among Us: Chesapeake Bay Species - 10/21/14

Hidden beneath the waves, elusive visitors to the Chesapeake Bay comb the seafloor for fish, crustaceans and stingrays. These Mid-Atlantic guests often go unnoticed by watershed residents, who might actually be surprised to learn of their presence.

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A Blue View
5:20 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Ospreys: A Conservation Success Story - 10/14/14

Today, the osprey is one of the Chesapeake Bay’s most iconic creatures, right up there with blue crabs, blue herons and oysters, but that wasn’t always the case. This North American raptor, nicknamed the “fish hawk,” once faced dangerous population declines, recovering only after the federal government intervened.

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A Blue View
5:12 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Otherworldly Octopuses - 10/7/14

With eight arms, a bulbous head, thousands of suckers, a tongue covered in teeth, and three hearts, the octopus is like something out of a science fiction movie. And the more you know about these creatures, the stranger they seem.

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A Blue View
9:48 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Maryland’s Elusive Salamander Species - 9/30/14

When it comes to biodiversity of plants and animals, the number of species typically increases as you move from the colder temperate zone to the warm tropics. The epicenter of salamander diversity, however, exists much further from the Equator—in fact, it’s here.

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A Blue View
1:13 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Scalloped Hammerhead Shark - 9/23/14

With a wide, thick head shaped like a double-headed hammer—one eye on each end—the scalloped hammerhead shark is a sight to behold. Unfortunately, this unusual-looking creature could disappear from our oceans if steps aren’t taken to protect it. 

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