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
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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A Blue View
10:11 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Atlantic Sturgeon: Back to the Future - 9/16/14

Large, silvery-brown, snout-nosed, scute-covered, prehistoric-looking Atlantic sturgeon have been swimming the seas and coming up East Coast rivers to breed since dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

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A Blue View
4:24 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Bayscaping to Reduce Runoff - 9/9/14

Around the Chesapeake Bay area, we have a specific word for landscaping with the environment in mind: Bayscaping. This eco-friendly, holistic approach to gardening helps conserve water and prevent pollution that may otherwise end up being carried into our waterways.

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A Blue View
5:33 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Shark Trivia - 9/2/14

Forget “Shark Hunters.” There’s a wealth of fascinating facts that rarely get told. These unbelievable creatures are more diverse and intelligent than most people realize.

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A Blue View
1:41 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

The Wandering Albatross - 8/26/14

Perhaps you are familiar with the saying “an albatross around your neck.” This phrase, coined by the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, in his 1798 poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, refers to the association of the albatross with bad luck, mishap, struggle and worry.

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