Monday, September 17, 2007
Helping children find the groups from which they have separated, answering questions, and seeing people enjoy new experiences are things that happen often at the Aquarium of the Pacific! Seeing those children reunited with the adults with whom they came is rewarding, answering those questions—sometimes the answers resolve bets—is rewarding, and seeing people experience new things make my job at the Aquarium worthwhile and loads of fun.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Have you ever seen a sea lion speeding through the water like a torpedo and then doing a dynamic leap into the air? A harbor seal gracefully twirling in her pool? How about a sea otter coming up on deck and standing up on its rear flippers? Chances are you have if you’ve observed any of our marine mammal training sessions here at the Aquarium. Animals have always amazed me with their abilities and adaptations, and its always exciting to see them in action. However, it’s not all about fun and entertainment. Though entertainment and teaching the public about environmental conservation are extremely important, there are some other very important reasons we train our animals. Reasons that directly benefit the animals themselves, and that’s what it’s all about.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
A wild Western gull chooses the Aquarium’s seal and sea lion exhibit to raise his young.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
A New Addition to the Shark Lagoon Family!
We have a new addition to the Shark Lagoon family, a bonnethead shark. These sharks have a head shape similar to a hammerhead. It is so cute! Our newest addition is about 46 centimeters (18 inches) long on its way to a length of about 0.7-1 m (2.3-3.3 ft.). It is adjusting well to its new home and eating well on a diet of restaurant quality seafood.
Friday, September 07, 2007
Yin, Yang and their cartilaginous kin.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Read about the major celebrity that visited the Aquarium, some of the many reasons why I love interacting with guests, a tea party for a fellow staff member, and more!
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Summer always is a fun time for many, starting with children who attend various day camp programs offered by the Aquarium of the Pacific. But just because summer is ending doesn’t mean that the fun is over too. The educational, fun opportunities for youngsters abound, even during the school year, starting with children still in strollers to those ages 12 and older.
Friday, August 31, 2007
He’s handsome, he’s covered in fur, and he’s the newest resident of our Seal and Sea Lion Habitat! Meet Troy, our three-year-old male harbor seal. This past Thursday was Troy’s big day, as he was released into the 211,000 gallon Seal and Sea Lion Habitat to meet current residents Shelby, Ellie, Miller, and Parker. Since Troy’s arrival, many guests have asked me where our marine mammals come from so I’d like to take the opportunity to address that question here in my blog.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
A blind harbor seal regains her ability to retrieve objects tossed into the exhibit and in doing so teaches her trainer not to underestimate those with a perceived disability.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
An environment-hugger’s view of the Aquarium from the “dry side”.