Our Discovery Zone is partially dedicated to educating our guests on the effects of pollution. Pollution is the introduction of harmful contaminants that are outside the norm for a given ecosystem. Common man-made pollutants that reach the ocean include pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, detergents, oil, sewage, plastics, and other solids. Many of these pollutants collect at the ocean’s depths, where they are consumed by small marine organisms and introduced into the global food chain.
Looking at the above chart, which is also on display in our Discovery Zone, you can see that it takes
These are astonishing numbers, and many of us don’t necessarily think about what we as individuals can do to help. We must remember that, although a challenge, creating awareness is the first step; our oceans are depending on us.
Also on display in our Discovery Zone is our moon jellyfish exhibit. Located in the base of one of the Powerhouse’s original smokestacks, this exhibit is both impressive and beautiful. Guests are able to learn about their life stages, from polyps to fully grown jellies, and watch as they “glow” in the dark.