This video shows us explore the Philippine coral reefs and Water Planet exhibits around the California Academy of Sciences, located in San Francisco, CA.
A 212,000-gallon aquarium tank, which stands 25 feet tall in the middle of the California Academy of Sciences, holds the world's deepest living coral reef display.
Firstly, this video starts off by showing a diver in the aquarium during the feeding of the fish. The ceiling above the Philippine coral reef tank is studded with skylights, to allow the maximum amount of daylight to reach the reef below. To supplement that natural light, the Academy has 120 metal halide lamps, which simulate the intensity and spectrum of natural sunlight. Additionally, a water jet system simulates wave action and stimulates the corals.
After watching the show/fish feeding, we went around the area seeing more beautiful coral reef tanks and tropical fish. Often called rainforests of the sea, coral reefs are the most diverse aquatic ecosystems on the planet. These ecosystems are important to save, not only because of the biodiversity they contain, but because they provide protection for coastal communities against tropical storms, hurricanes and typhoons. Hundreds of millions of people also depend on coral reefs for their livelihood or for food.
Despite their global importance, most people on the planet have never seen a living reef. So here at the California Academy of Sciences, over a million visitors a year would be able to experience the splendor of a living Philippine coral reef and learn what they can do to help save coral reefs around the world. The Academy chose to feature a Philippine coral reef because the reef systems in the Philippines are among the most diverse in the world.
The last thing shown in the video are alligator fish! Never seen these large fish before. They were somewhat dark in the video since these fish liked living in dark environments.
We continued to explore other parts of the museum after seeing the aquariums and coral reefs. This was during me and my family's mini outing and educational adventure around the California Academy of Sciences located in San Francisco, CA. We had a wonderful time discovering and learning about astronomy, marine and land animals, tropical plants and more in and around the museum/facility!
(Monday, March 3, 2014)