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Ocean Discovery Center at Harbor Branch at FAU Opens

FORT PIERCE, FL (March 6, 2008) – The newly renovated Ocean Discovery Center at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University is now open to the community.  The center serves as the local community’s window into ocean science research and discoveries conducted at Harbor Branch at FAU. 

The educational exhibits on display are designed to promote awareness of the critical need for an increased understanding of the world’s oceans, as well as Harbor Branch’s role in fostering that understanding through its research mission.  The centerpiece exhibit is the Magic Planet, a rare, digital, interactive planetary projection system that depicts global-scale oceanic and atmospheric phenomena on a three-foot wide acrylic sphere. 

Oceanic currents and seafloor features, as well as large-scale events, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, El Niño oscillations and tsunamis, can be explored by visitors.  In addition, visitors may obtain an overview of Harbor Branch’s history, capabilities and research on the “big screen” in the center’s theater.    

A continually evolving array of interactive, static and live animal exhibits is also available, including meticulously rearticulated skeletons of a bottlenose dolphin and a beaked whale.  Visitors can also see the life-sized reconstruction of the jaws of the extinct prehistoric Megalodon shark, the largest fish ever to have lived on Earth.

The Ocean Discovery Center’s operating hours are Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Admission is free and open to the public.  

Harbor Branch at FAU is located at 5600 North US 1 in Fort Pierce. For more information, contact the Ocean Discovery Center at 772-465-2400, ext. 293. 


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