You can now learn about the spiny butterfly ray, Brazilian electric ray, lesser guitarfish and other rays at an exhibition called “Rays of Guanabara Bay.” Conceived and sponsored by OceanPact and supported by the Z-13 Fishing Colony in Copacabana and the Urban Sea Institute, the exhibition illustrates the vast diversity of rays in the marine ecosystem in the state of Rio de Janeiro, as seen through the eyes of biologist Ricardo Gomes. A special launch event was held on Friday, October 14, at the Espaço Azul kiosk at Lifeguard Station 6 on Copacabana Beach.
“We only take care of what we know. Hence the importance of initiatives like this, to raise awareness about the threats that human beings pose to the sea’s resources,” said OceanPact’s new business and sustainability director, Fernando Borensztein, regarding the company’s commitment to promoting an ocean culture.
“It is crucial to strengthen people’s connection with the sea, and that is Espaço Azul’s goal. The idea is for it to be a meeting point for society, researchers, fishermen, companies and NGOs,” said Ana Lyra, OceanPact’s sustainability manager.
Nina Gomes, OceanPact Young Ambassador, also attended the launch. This five-year-old environmental influencer is the daughter of Ricardo Gomes, the director of the Urban Sea Institute. She is inspiring different generations in multiple countries to reflect on the importance of preserving marine ecosystems.
The Rays of Guanabara Bay exhibition is free to visit and open from Wednesday to Sunday, between 10 am and 5 pm. Plan your visit now!