Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Back in the summer of 1999, a visitor watching our sea lions swim past the pinniped tunnel at the Aquarium of the Pacific mentioned to me that she had taken a vacation up to Hearst Castle recently and while there had seen elephant seals resting on the beach. She noticed that a few had faded orange tags on their flippers and that one of the seals had a tag that read 3709. The number sounded familiar so I looked it up in my records. It was quite a revelation. The seal that the woman saw on the beach was “Mac”, an elephant seal that I helped track by satellite two years before. I thought it might be cool to share with everyone the details of Mac’s voyage that year.
Now that you are conversant with MPA jargon as a result of reading my last blog, MLPA, MPA, SMR, SMP, SMCA: Speaking ‘MPAese’, you may be wondering what happens next.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
As a marine mammal enthusiast, going whale watching is probably one of my most favorite things to do. At the Aquarium, we strive to educate our guests about all different types of marine mammals but you can’t really appreciate their true size and beauty until you’ve seen these magnificent animals up close!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Shark Lagoon’s touch pools have been “no touch” pools for the last few weeks. There has been medication in the water.
Monday, January 21, 2008
The volunteer training team launched our first one-day Aquarium 101 session, which despite a few glitches, went quite well, much to our relief and that of our director of Volunteer Services. What a fun day we had, too, energized, as always, by the incredible enthusiasm and interest of our new volunteers.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
On June 23, 2000, an ecological disaster occurred when the ore carrier MV Treasure sank off the coast of South Africa between Dassen and Robben Islands near Cape Town which supported two of the largest colonies of the African Penguin (Spheniscus demerus) in the world. Tens of thousands of penguins were in danger of dying from the oil that was surrounding their breeding beaches. A cry went out worldwide to zoos and aquariums for assistance. They sought the expertise of these facilities to help deal with this disaster. The Aquarium of the Pacific responded to the call by sending their aviculturist Karen Anderson.
Two female and two male American Goldeneyes, (Bucephala clangula Americana) now in quarantine, are destined for the Shorebird Sanctuary ecosystem sometime in January 2008.
Monday, January 14, 2008
The new tenant, a bowmouth guitarfish (Rhina ancylostoma), has moved from our quarantine area into Shark Lagoon with the bull sharks departure.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Every public aquarium must have a live coral exhibit because that is the epitome of aquaria. Nothing is more beautiful or more difficult to maintain than a coral reef aquarium. Thanks to Amy I was able to find out about the upkeep of the live coral exhibit.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
As I returned to the Aquarium to resume my volunteering, I discovered that a few things have changed since my last visit!