World Ocean Day 2011 'Splash' Mob

Smithsonian Institution

It was a typical summer day in the Sant Ocean Hall at the National Museum of Natural History. Visitors were examining the giant squid and marveling at the life-size replica of Phoenix, the right whale. The only thing odd was the high number of blue-clad people milling about. 

And then surfing-music filled the gallery. 

The blue crowd began to jam out. A Roundnose Grenadier and orange roughy -- both from the deep sea -- joined in. The "splash" (flash) mob lasted a couple minutes and ended with bystanders and dancers alike doing the wave. Happy World Ocean Day! 

World Ocean Day is Wednesday, June 8, 2011. To learn more, watch NOAA's World Ocean Day video, read our blog post "Taking the Ocean Personally," and find out about about Five Simple Things You Can Do to Help the Ocean.