Atlanta, GA (July 1, 2008) –
Deepo, Georgia Aquarium’s mascot, announced his presidential bid this morning in a press conference held at Georgia Aquarium. His swim for the presidential office is historic: Deepo represents the first garibaldi fish to enter a presidential race in history. Swimming under the Neptune Party’s campaign ticket, Deepo vowed to stand for every organism in the water column of this great blue planet.
Stephanie Green, campaign manager and Deepo’s first mate, spoke on behalf of Deepo, stating that “this will be an eco-friendly and sustainable campaign.” Green went on to say, “Deepo’s presidential campaign encompasses the true issues. It’s about time a presidential candidate made such promises!”
Deepo’s campaign promises include: standing for even the smallest phytoplankton and the largest right whale; ensuring clean reefs and beaches for retirement and future guppies; supporting research initiatives that educate and conserve; obtaining uni-quatic healthcare for all through the Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health; providing an educational experience for each Georgia Aquarium guest; and, promoting educational initiatives like the Sponsored Education Admissions (SEA) program.
Deepo’s campaign has already received accolades throughout the aquatic community. Campaign supporters include: “Mayor Sturgeon Franklin,” who proclaimed, “There is nothing fishy about this candidate”; Georgia Aquarium jellies are excited to finally have a “candidate with a backbone”; “Eel Kovalchuk” exclaimed “Deepo is a candidate that won’t blow bubbles”; and “Ludafish” proclaimed “Finally, a candidate who seas clearly.”
Deepo’s campaign is funded through community support and Georgia Aquarium’s Oceans Society. Green encouraged those interested in supporting Deepo’s swim for the oval office to join Georgia Aquarium’s Oceans Society and contribute to the 4R Program. Supporters may join Deepo’s campaign on the web at deepo.org, visit Georgia Aquarium’s Members Entrance, or call campaign headquarters at 404-581-4010, and tell the campaign representative you want to support Deepo’s campaign by joining the Oceans Society.
Disclaimer: Georgia Aquarium recognizes that this is not a real run for President; it is, however, a real campaign to make a difference for our oceans through Georgia Aquarium programs.
About Oceans Society and the 4R Program
Georgia Aquarium’s Oceans Society represents an elite group of members who support Georgia Aquarium’s mission. Oceans Society Memberships directly support the 4R Program which is designed to positively impact the health and well-being of aquatic life from around the world. Current 4R Program Initiatives include worldwide conservation programs; beluga whale rescue and research; whale shark research; and, Georgia Aquarium’s sea lion rescue program. Oceans Society and 4R contributions directly help better the lives of animals in the wild and at Georgia Aquarium.
About Georgia Aquarium
Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, is the world’s largest with more than eight million gallons of water and the largest collection of aquatic animals. The mission of Georgia Aquarium is to be an entertaining, educational and scientific institution featuring exhibits and programs of the highest standards; offering engaging and exciting guest experiences promoting the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/.