by Alana Ferrari

5 Free Lectures at the Aquarium this Spring


A group of adults will rarely put the aquarium on their social calendar, but the New England Aquarium’s Spring Lectures will entice this demographic to come on in!

Apart from the African Penguins, California Sea Lions, Green Sea Turtles, Moon Jellys and Green Anacondas, Rainforest exhibits, Coral Reef Center, Marine Mammal Center and a Shark and Ray Touch Tank exhibits you’ve come to expect from the aquarium, there are also educational programs to whet your whistle.

Since 1972, the Aquarium has been providing free lectures and films by scientists, environmental writers, and photographers. Although free and open to the public, registrations are required. All lectures take place at 7PM in the Aquarium’s IMAX Theater, unless otherwise noted, and each last approximately one hour.

Gather a group and check out the next five:

Wednesday, April 29
Celebrating Right Whales: The Trials and Triumphs of a Species on the Edge
“North Atlantic right whales, one of the most endangered large whale species in the world, remain precariously close to the edge of extinction with just over 500 individuals presumed to be alive today.”

Tuesday, May 5
Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock
*Book signing to follow
“Project Puffin is the inspiring story of how a beloved seabird was restored to long-abandoned nesting colonies off the Maine coast.”

Thursday, May 14
The Soul of an Octopus
*Book signing to follow
“After a 2011 Orion magazine piece, “Deep Intellect,” about the sensitive sweet-natured giant Pacific octopus at the New England Aquarium went viral, Sy Montgomery knew she had her next book idea.”

Monday, May 18
Where Leatherback Sea Turtles Spend Summer Vacation (and Why Its Important)
“How leatherbacks’ summer activities allow them to acquire the energy they need to migrate and reproduce, and why all of this matters for marine conservation.”

Thursday, June 4
Ocean Stewardship Spotlight Lecture
Notes from the Field: Conditions & Trends in Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay
“Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay are bordered by 50 communities, home to 1.7 million people, all of whom impact the Bays in one way or another.”