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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

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Animal Encounter: Sharks!

Whew!  It’s been a busy summer here at the Aquarium!  Extraordinary whale watches, energetic day camps, packed Behind-the-scenes Tours, and hopping Summer Sundays.  Our animal encounters have also been quite popular, and one of the encounters I’ve had the pleasure of leading recently focuses on the ocean’s most perfect predators:  SHARKS!  If you have ever wanted to have an up-close and personal, hands-on experience with these magnificent creatures, then this is the encounter for you.

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Conservation | Education | Volunteering | Reptiles | Turtles

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Where Are the Sea Turtles? | Staci  buttonLink

Where Are the Sea Turtles?

That is one of those popular questions our guests ask several times a week, and I’m always happy to point them in the right direction! Two olive Ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacae), Theo and Lou, reside in the Aquarium’s beautiful Tropical Pacific Gallery. Theo can often be seen cruising by our dive volunteers during the Tropical Reef Dive, while Lou can be frequently observed napping as you walk through the serene tropical tunnel. Helping out with the care of these magnificent creatures is one of the best parts of my aquarist volunteer days, so please read on to learn more about sea turtles!

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Education | 10 Year Anniversary Stories

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

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10 Year Anniversary Blog - Claudia Harden

Claudia Harden, currently a presenter at the Aquarium, shares her experiences of being a charter volunteer and touring the Aquarium before construction was completed.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The ABC’s of Filtration at the Aquarium | Staci  buttonLink

The ABC’s of Filtration at the Aquarium

Whether you’re maintaining an exhibit that holds 200 gallons or 200,000 gallons, filtration is an integral part of any successful man-made marine habitat. Recently, I mentioned that the Aquarium filters approximately 1,000,000 gallons of salt water per hour to support over 12,000 marine residents. Why is filtration necessary? Fortunately, the Education Department provided me with a wealth of information on filtration practices in effect at the Aquarium of the Pacific that I would love to share with you!

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Education | Volunteering | Fish | Mammals

Sunday, May 25, 2008

It’s so nice to be appreciated! | Josie  buttonLink

It’s so nice to be appreciated!

Along with the national Volunteer Appreciation Week came lots of treats for those of us who give our time freely for no pay at the Aquarium of the Pacific. My, how it’s nice to be appreciated!

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Education | Mammals

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Leading an Animal Encounter:  Sea Otters | Staci  buttonLink

Leading an Animal Encounter:  Sea Otters

In addition to continuing to blog about some of the goings-on in the Marine Mammal Department, I thought it would be nice to share some stories from other parts of the Aquarium as well!  I’ve recently started as an Aquarist Volunteer in our Tropical Gallery, and I continue to be part of the paid staff in the Education Department.  Each job brings new and exciting duties, and this past week was the first time I was able to lead one of our Animal Encounters focusing on one of my favorite animals:  the sea otter. Ever wondered how we prepare for our Sea Otter Encounter and what happens during the two-hour tour?

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Education | Volunteering

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Teamwork between agencies makes port area safer | Josie  buttonLink

Teamwork between agencies makes port area safer

Thanks to our inter-departmental Emergency Operations Center-which works to ensure that we can handle emergencies to safeguard the well-being of our guests, staff, and animals-and the cooperation of area emergency response agencies, I feel quite safe here, at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Education | Volunteering | Reptiles | Turtles

Monday, April 28, 2008

Chickens aren’t the only ones | Josie  buttonLink

Chickens aren’t the only ones

I spent another day with the kindergarteners at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, with which the Aquarium of the Pacific has a partnership, helping Emily teach this month’s science lesson on eggs. We showed the children that chickens aren’t the only animals that lay eggs, and they were totally amazed when they saw how large a leatherback turtle grows, after being born from an egg that is roughly the size of a ping-pong ball.

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Education | Volunteering

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Water Works:  Where Our Water Comes From | Staci  buttonLink

Water Works:  Where Our Water Comes From

Roughly 12,500 Pacific Ocean animals representing almost 500 species reside here at the Aquarium.  No matter what their differences in appearance or habitat, all of them rely on one very important ingredient in their daily lives: seawater.

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Conservation | Education | Mammals

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Some Things You ‘Otter’ Know! | Staci  buttonLink

Some Things You ‘Otter’ Know!

They’re undeniably entertaining, extremely resourceful, and have the densest fur of any animal on the planet! What animal am I talking about?  Why, the sea otter (Enhydra lutris), of course!

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