Behind the scenes

MBARI hosts teen through Make-A-Wish Foundation

A.J. Wright (far right) brought his family to visit MBARI.

A.J. Wright (far right) brought his family to visit MBARI.

August 28, 2014

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute was thrilled to host 17-year-old A.J. Wright as he fulfilled his wish to meet marine scientists at the institute. The Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions, arranged yesterday’s visit for A.J. and his family, who toured the campus and met Scientist Bruce Robison. Together they watched video footage of A.J.’s favorite sea creature, the gulper eel, and many other midwater animals. A.J. is passionate about marine life and showed Robison and video lab members his journal filled with detailed drawings of his favorite sea animals. Afterwards, A.J. and his family took a behind-the-scenes tour led by George Matsumoto. They saw the test tank and various underwater equipment such as a mini remotely operated vehicle and the Benthic Rover.  As part of his wish, A.J. will also visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium.