Jenkinson's Aquarium, located on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, once again celebrated World Oceans Day (officially June 8th) this past Saturday, June 5th. In addition to special arts & crafts and the presence of several environmental stewardship organizations, the Dvie Team was once again invited to share our underwater explorations with visitors.
We set up a display area featuring local underwater videos, artifacts, shells, and the infamous "Drysuit Guy". He might not be a superhero, but the fully assembled and inflated set of winter dive gear always makes for a great photo opportunity! The later part of the afternoon sent us especially interested visitors (probably looking to escape the hot, humid beach and boardwalk outside)
The highlight of our day was still conducting scuba diving demonstrations in the seal tank. Seaquin, Coral, and Luseal (the residents) were good-natured about sharing their tank with us three times throughout the day. Visitors got to see what a fully-suited Jersey diver looks like as we performed basic mask, regulator, and buoyancy skills. We were also glad to FINALLY be in wetsuits for the season; the tank was 74 degrees F, toasty compared to the 54 of the ocean.
It was a long day to be on display, but most of the Team was able to help out for at least part of the day, which included responding to four first aid calls around town.
For more about World Oceans Day, visit http://www.theoceanproject.org/