The MMT Blog / Alaska SeaLife Center Brings Aboard Special Guests for World Oceans Day Cruise

Every June, thousands of people from around the world participate in events that help celebrate and protect the world’s oceans as part of World Oceans Day. World Oceans Day has been celebrated on June 8th since 2002, with events planned throughout the month of June. This global celebration is organized by The Ocean Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing ocean conservation. As part of World Oceans Day, business and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to plan events that focus on ocean conservation and education.

The Alaska SeaLife Center hosted its own World Oceans Day Cruise on Saturday, June 6th, providing guests with special presentations aboard Major Marine Tours’ vessel the Star of the Northwest. The vessel cruised through Resurrection Bay to a Steller sea rookery for the first presentation of the day.

One of the Alaska SeaLife Center’s marine research projects is a video monitoring study of Steller sea lion colonies throughout Prince William Sound and Resurrection Bay. Using solar-powered video cameras installed in five locations, scientists are able to conduct long-term research of the behavior, movement, and mortality of Steller sea lions non-invasively. Dr. John Maniscalco, the principle investigator for this project, joined the World Oceans Day Cruise to present. Steller sea lions lounged and barked on the nearby rocks as Dr. Maniscalco presented on his research.

Steller sea lions

The next presentation gave guests an even closer encounter with Alaska’s marine wildlife. As nesting seabirds flew around rookeries outside the vessel’s windows, guests got to meet some of the Alaska SeaLife Center’s resident seabirds face-to-face. Dory the tufted puffin, Nemo the horned puffin, and Klinger the rhinoceros auklet were onboard as part of the Alaska SeaLife Center’s seabird ambassador presentation.

Alaska SeaLife Center presentation with puffin

Alaska SeaLife Center presentation with puffin

On their way back to the harbor, guests learned about the new EPA Tier III fuel efficient, low emissions engines recently installed in the Star of the Northwest as part of Major Marine Tours’ commitment to environmental responsibility. You can learn more about Major Marine Tours’ commitment to environmental sustainability on our Giving Back page.

Thanks to the Alaska SeaLife Center for organizing this special, educational World Ocean’s Day Cruise and for their continued commitment to significant marine research, rehabilitation, and education.