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Coral reef

Coral reef display at Hot Pink Flamingo exhibit

Monterey Bay Aquarium’s new exhibit Hot Pink Flamingos did what was expected—providing insights into species, habitats and migration. But this was only the beginning. Hot Pink Flamingos ties together the climate change catastrophe now underway with examples of global cause and effect. Pulling no punches about projections, the displays show the waterline in a few short years, demonstrating that most of the exhibit itself will soon be underwater.

Coral reefs are dying at an astounding rate. Many species are facing extinction each day.

At least 19 percent of the world’s coral reefs are already gone, including some 50 percent of those in the Caribbean. An additional 15 percent could be dead within 20 years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Hot Pink Flamingos presents scientific fact, showcasing challenged species alongside the climate trends that threaten them. With interactive components for even the youngest budding naturalist, this is a learning experience to share with family friends.

Arctic Sea Ice Graph

Arctic Sea Ice Graph

Most moving for me was the space dedicated to asking exhibit visitors what simple actions could be taken to help. I will be sharing these suggestions on my blog as we approach Earth Day.

Anonymous suggestion for change

As I watched Magellanic Penguins swimming, I realized that aquariums and zoos may well be entering new territory as the last bastion for preserving species as the wild world around us contracts.