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NATURE: Oceans In Glass: Behind The Scenes Of The Monterey Bay Aquarium

Airs Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Visitors to the Monterey Bay Aquarium enjoy the million-gallon Outer Bay exhibit, the largest aquatic wildlife community display in the world. The program spotlights the aquarium's extraordinary ability to re-create realistic undersea environments.

A great white shark, among the rarest of inhabitants of aquariums because of its refusal to eat in captivity, swims in a special section of the Monterey Bay Aquarium during its record-setting 198 days there before being returned to the Pacific.
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Above: A great white shark, among the rarest of inhabitants of aquariums because of its refusal to eat in captivity, swims in a special section of the Monterey Bay Aquarium during its record-setting 198 days there before being returned to the Pacific.

NATURE reveals the secrets of underwater magic in "Oceans In Glass: Behind The Scenes Of The Monterey Bay Aquarium."

Maggie, a relatively new addition to the Monterey Bay Aquarium's sea otter exhibit, finds a moment to look pretty for the camera.
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Above: Maggie, a relatively new addition to the Monterey Bay Aquarium's sea otter exhibit, finds a moment to look pretty for the camera.

A giant octopus occupies a gallery devoted solely to its kind at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. "Oceans In Glass" spotlights the aquarium's extraordinary ability to re-create realistic undersea and other marine environments.
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Above: A giant octopus occupies a gallery devoted solely to its kind at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. "Oceans In Glass" spotlights the aquarium's extraordinary ability to re-create realistic undersea and other marine environments.

Imagine standing on the bottom of the ocean and looking up into a glittering kelp forest alive with darting fish, or watching five-foot-long sharks and giant tuna whiz by at arm’s length, or being surrounded by elegant, lacy white jellyfish as they soar, pulsing, through the water. Visitors to the Monterey Bay Aquarium on the coast of Northern California experience all this… and more.

For more than 20 years, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has entertained, educated, and fascinated its nearly two million annual visitors with pioneering displays of realistic undersea environments.

Now NATURE gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at one of the world’s leading centers for marine research and conservation — a marvel of engineering and biology that, literally, captures "Oceans in Glass."

How Your Seafood Choices Affect Ocean Life:

Do you know how that tuna landed on your plate? With nearly three quarters of the world’s fish and seafood stocks now fully exploited or overfished, it’s increasingly important for consumers to understand how their seafood dinner can contribute to the health — or degradation — of the ocean.

To help consumers make informed decisions, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has started the Seafood Watch program. It offers consumers tips on buying environmentally friendly seafood through a Web site and easy-to-carry pocket guides. “It’s been a staggeringly popular program,” says the aquarium’s Dr. Randy Kochevar. “We just passed the 5 million mark of people downloading the guides, and studies show that people do carry and use them.”

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August 2009: New Great White Shark Arrives At Monterey Bay Aquarium

Above: For the fifth time, the Monterey Bay Aquarium places a young white shark on exhibit. The five-foot, three-inch shark was collected by aquarium staff August 12 near Malibu, California, and placed in the million-gallon Outer Bay exhibit on August 26, 2009.

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