Science Night: Underwater exploration 7/13

Wednesday Science Night takes on the theme of underwater exploration looking at the many bizarre and incredible creatures that inhabit the ocean from cuttlefish to beluga whales.

Nature Oceans in Glass 7pm
Because of its realistic presentations, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is recognized as one of the most significant and spectacular aquariums in the world. Instead of exhibiting collections of animals, the aquarium presents entire habitats, virtual slices of ocean that include 30,000 animals and plants. But how does an aquarium work? What’s the science behind the magic?

NOVA Kings of Camouflage 8pm
Cuttlefish are one of the strangest animals on our planet. These shape-shifting creatures can hypnotize their prey, impersonate the opposite sex and even kill with lightening fast speed. More accomplished masters of disguise than any chameleon, they have an incredible ability to morph their skin color — even their shape — to blend into most any background. They have the largest brain-to-body ratio of all the invertebrates. But are they capable of learning and remembering complex tasks? With beautiful underwater footage and in-depth expert interviews, NOVA gets up close and personal with these bizarre and amazing animals.

Jean Michel- Cousteau: Ocean Adventures Sea Ghosts 9pm
There are places on this planet where its a marvel that anything survives. In the cold Arctic waters of the far north, the sea is alive with sound. The canaries of the sea are singing. They’re beluga whales, named from the Russian word for “white ones.” They’re an evolutionary surprise – a warm-blooded mammal in a numbingly cold sea. In this episode, Jean-Michel Cousteau travels with his son and daughter, Fabien and Celine, and team to the high Arctic to discover why some beluga groups are thriving and others are disappearing. The revelation is the clear connection between human activity and the belugas’ future. The surprise is that what is occurring with belugas may foreshadow similar health concerns for people.