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Cape Cod National Seashore to Host Evening Program on Really Big Fish in Cape Cod Waters with Carol Carson

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Date: August 13, 2012
Contact: Sue Haley, 508-255-3421 ext. 15

The marine waters surrounding Cape Cod are home to some very interesting and very large fish.One is them is the ocean sunfish (Mola mola), a strange, almost alien-looking creature, that is the world's heaviest bony fish.Another is the basking shark, the second largest fish on Earth, and a gentle giant that can grow up to thirty-feet long feeding on only plankton.Learn how you can become involved in research and rescue programs for these two unique species. Join Carol "Krill" Carson for a free, one-hour program about these huge fish found off the coast of Cape Cod at 7 PM on Tuesday, August 21 at Salt Pond Visitor Center.

Carol "Krill" Carson is the founder and President of the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA), a volunteer nonprofit based in southeastern Massachusetts. She is a marine biologist who has studied whales, sea turtles, seals, basking sharks, ocean sunfish and other marine wildlife in the waters off New England since 1980. Krill is the Outreach Education Coordinator for Captain John Boats in Plymouth and is a Professor at Bridgewater State University.

This program is part of the annual "Tuesday Evening Series" at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham. Held weekly at 7 PM in July and August in the air-cooled comfort of the visitor center auditorium, programs focus on the diverse natural and cultural resources on the Outer Cape and are suitable for all ages. Programs are free of charge and accessible. The series is sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

IF YOU GO: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the intersection of Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham, and can be contacted by calling 508-255-3421. The center is open from 9 AM to 5 PM and staff

is available to assist with activity planning. Stop by and visit the museum, view a park film, enjoy panoramic views of Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh and shop in the gift store featuring interpretive items such as books, maps, puzzles, and games. For more information about the seashore's programs, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/caco.

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