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UNCW MarineQuest's 2019 Weekend Programs - Coming Soon!

Join MarineQuest this fall as we explore the wonders of our ocean! Check back in late August for more information, dates, and pricing for our spectacular weekend programs.

UNCW MarineQuest Hosts Regional Blue Heron Bowl

BHB2019WinningTeam.jpgOn February 1-2, 2019, MarineQuest hosted the 2019 Blue Heron Bowl for the third year in a row! Blue Heron Bowl is a regional marine science quiz bowl for high school students. The winning team each year has the opportunity to travel to compete in the National Ocean Science Bowl Science Competition.

Twelve teams from across the state (and TN!) joined us at the aquarium for a very special welcoming banquet, where they had the opportunity to learn about cutting edge technology produced by the Morrison lab at UNCW. Dr. Morrison and his PhD, Sarah, have developed a new type of ocean observing satellite, and the information they shared related directly to this year's NOSB theme of "Ocean Observing."

Saturday began the big competition day - and teams really came prepared! Our morning was filled with round robin competitions where teams went head-to-head to test their marine science knowledge. It is so impressive what these students really know!

After a full day of competition, it came down to the final round. Raleigh Charter and NC School of Science and Math were the final teams, who competed in a double elimination style match that was tied to the very end. With an audience on the edge of their seats, Raleigh Charter defeated the reining champion team by just several points! Surely one of the most exciting endings to a competition we have ever seen.

We want to extend our sincerest gratitude to all teams and volunteers who participated! Good luck to Raleigh Charter at the national competition in Washington, DC! We are looking forward to see all the teams again next year at ECU.

UNCW MarineQuest's School Programs Coordinator is a Real Life Hero!Harris Muhlstein, School Program Coordinator

On May 10, 2018, MQ School Programs Coordinator, Harris Muhlstein, rescued three young adult men from the ocean when they got caught in a rip tide at Ft. Fisher beach. Mr. Muhlstein was at the beach with a visiting school group teaching when he noticed the swimmers. After ensuring the school children were safe with their teacher and adult helpers, Mr. Muhlstein swam out to the three young men caught in the rip tide and provided them with his float. After 20 minutes, Mr. Muhlstein was able to safely get all three to the shore and one young man was transported by EMT. We're happy Mr. Muhlstein was able to save these young men and proud to have him as a part of our MarineQuest team!