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Volunteering | Fish | Sharks

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Do these spots make me look fat? | David  buttonLink

Do these spots make me look fat?

The reticulate whiptail ray in Shark Lagoon indulges in the best food daily. To keep her from getting fat, her portions are controlled but that does not stop her from trying to eat her roommates’ leftovers.

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Volunteering | Invertebrates

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Dreams, New Knowledge, and Bonding | Brittany  buttonLink

Dreams, New Knowledge, and Bonding

This particular blog deals with one wild dream I had about the Aquarium, some new things that I learned about the surrounding areas of the Aquarium of the Pacific, and a spontaneous outing I had with my co-volunteers.

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Education | Volunteering

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Being an Aquarium 101 Trainer is Great | Josie  buttonLink

Being a part of the Aquarium 101 training team is a great way to meet new volunteers as they begin to learn about the Aquarium, our mission, our animals, and all sorts of other things. Starting in January, we’ll hold one-day sessions instead of the two-day program we’ve held until now; we hope this change will help those who found it difficult to be away from their families on two consecutive Saturdays.

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Conservation | Mammals

Thursday, November 22, 2007

In the Surf Trying to Save a Baby Fin Whale | Hugh  buttonLink

In the Surf Trying to Save a Baby Fin Whale

Four years ago this week, the Aquarium of the Pacific had a little known part in the attempted rescue of a fin whale calf that stranded on a beach in Orange County back in the fall of 2003. This is the story of that rescue attempt as seen from my perspective in the surf with the whale.

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Conservation | Education | Reptiles

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

What’s a pound net? | Corinne  buttonLink

What’s a pound net?

Before I share what I have learned with you, let me explain how I came to know about pound nets.

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Volunteering

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Reaching Out | Leah  buttonLink

I volunteer in other departments as well as in Shark Lagoon.  For the last few years, it has been my privilege to be the Community Outreach Coordinator in the Marketing Department.

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Education | Volunteering | Birds

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

There’s More Than You Think | Brittany  buttonLink

There’s More Than You Think

Volunteers are involved in other things other than regular volunteering with shifts and events. They get a chance to go places and do things that they don’t get a chance to do while actually being at the Aquarium. Read about some of my experience and a hopeful soon-to-be one.

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Education | Volunteering | Fish

Monday, November 12, 2007

Slower Season Still a Lot of Fun! | Josie  buttonLink

Slower Season Still a Lot of Fun!

It may be our slower time of year here at the Aquarium of the Pacific, but we still find lots of fun stuff to do since we have so many interesting animals—including an eel that had brain surgery—to discuss with our guests, some of whom don’t speak English. Our volunteers and staff handle these language situations with aplomb, often surprising everyone with their ability to sometimes speak to these guests anyway, in their own language.

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Volunteering | Birds | Mammals | Turtles

No Two Days Are Ever the Same! | Staci  buttonLink

No Two Days Are Ever the Same!

One of my favorite things about being a mammalogy volunteer is that when you walk through the doors early in the morning, you never know exactly what kind of different, exciting activities the day will bring!

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Fish

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Moorish Idols | David  buttonLink

Moorish Idols

They are the streamer dancers of the underwater world. Moorish idols have long flowing dorsal fins that flutters around in the water in a captivating dance as the fish swims through the water. They are also notoriously hard to keep in aquariums. So how does the Aquarium manage to keep a whole shoal of them in Shark Lagoon?

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