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Science Fact or Fiction? MBL Associates Sponsor Event for Families, April 18


WOODS HOLE, MA—Looking for something to do with the kid's over school vacation?   The MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) Associates invite families to join them for a fun-filled afternoon of science facts and fictions, Tuesday, April 18 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM in the MBL's Lillie Auditorium on MBL Street, Woods Hole. Admission is free.

MBL senior scientist Dr. Roger Hanlon, an expert on cephalopods (squid, octopus, cuttlefish) will present a short talk about the real life of these amazing marine animals. Dr. Hanlon became interested in cephalopods after encountering an octopus on a coral reef in Panama in nearly 40 years ago. Its body patterning and changing coloration intrigued him, and he is still working today to understand its brain and behavior .


Dr. Hanlon's talk will be followed by a showing of Walt Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the  movie remake of Jules Verne's classic novel. Kirk Douglas plays a sea-faring whale harpoonist who is hired on a military ship, just after the Civil War, to help find and destroy a fabled sea monster that is destroying ships at sea.


Free Parking at the MBL's Bar Neck Road lot (across from the Woods Hole Yacht Club). Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information or directions, contact the MBL Associates Office, 508-289-7281.



The MBL is an international, independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to improving the human condition through creative research and education in the biological, biomedical and environmental sciences. Founded in 1888 as the Marine Biological Laboratory, the MBL is the oldest private marine laboratory in the Western Hemisphere.   For more information, visit www.mbl.edu .


The MBL Associates support the scientific mission of the MBL through their volunteer efforts to raise funds, and by their gifts to the Annual Fund, assist MBL programs and promote the MBL in the community. The MBL Associates provide fellowships for young scientists, support the MBLWHOI Library, and also help bring the work of the Laboratory to a broader public by sponsoring the Falmouth Forum Series and operating the MBL Gift Shop. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the Laboratory.