2,000+ attend VIMS Marine Science Day

by Bill Nachman - Posted on May 22, 2013 - 12:26 PM

Photo: Brownie Troop 1309 won the “Best Group Costume” award in Saturday’s Parade of Marine Life at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. VIMS photo

Brownie Troop 1309 won the “Best Group Costume” award in Saturday’s Parade of Marine Life at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. VIMS photo

Despite the threat of rain, more than 2,000 people attended the 11th annual Marine Science Day Saturday on the Virginia Institute of Marine Science campus, Gloucester Point, said Susan Maples, public outreach coordinator for VIMS.

The large crowd spent part of their Saturday learning how VIMS scientists help restore oysters, manage blue crabs, and monitor fish populations and water quality, Maples said. In addition, visitors had an opportunity to learn about ways to conserve biodiversity and remove "ghost pots" from Chesapeake Bay waters.

With the uncertain weather, the Parade of Marine Life was moved indoors. Maples said a number of participants showed off their marine-themed costumes in McHugh Auditorium of Watermen’s Hall. Costumed children portrayed oysters—this year’s featured animal—as well as seahorses, jellyfish, vampire squid and other creatures.

Parade winners included: "Best of Parade," brother and sister duo Nicole and Jeffrey Kogan, for their blue crab and "ghost" crab costumes; "Best Group Costume," Brownie Troop 1309, for their colorful seahorse outfits; "Most Original Use of Materials," Elizabeth Reilly, for her jellyfish costume created using a straw hat and various fabrics for the tentacles.