Celebrate World Oceans Day at the National Aquarium

Families invited to take part in various free activities highlighting the plight of our seas this weekend
Children taking part in a rockpool adventure at Ta’ Fra Ben. Photos: Facebook/National Aquarium

The Malta National Aquarium is celebrating World Oceans Day this weekend with a host of free activities for the whole family.

On Saturday, June 8, children will be enticed to find critters in rockpools at the Ta’ Fra Ben area, create their own upcycled World Oceans Day craft, take part in a fun, educational workshop, watch a screening of the short documentary Hatchlings and the film Sonic Sea in the Aquarium Pjazza.

A screening at the Aquarium Pjazza.

Hatchlings takes a look at the Rescue and Release Project developed by Sharklab Malta and the Malta National Aquarium, through which baby sharks are rescued from the fish market and released back into Maltese waters. The documentary is directed by Laura Piredda, Martina Vassallo and the Fafu Project.

Sonic Sea, directed byMichelle Dougherty and Daniel Hinerfeld, highlights how man-made noises or oceanic noise pollution is threatening the survival and prosperity of marine life.

Among other events, on Sunday, June 9, there will be theatre performances by students from San Anton School, a magic show and the screening of the film Blue, which reveals the perilous state of our seas due to industrialisation, including overfishing and habitat destruction.

Various NGOs will be present on site during the two-day celebration, including BirdLife Malta, who will have a stand with activities and games to learn more about the beauty of the ocean and its inhabitants, which also include beautiful seabirds, that roam above and around the oceans.

For more information and to register for the screenings, click here.

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