Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The Aquarium has many amazing programs that go on beyond our normal operating hours. I haven’t had the opportunity to take advantage of them before, but recently my schedule opened up and one night, I was able to!
Monday, June 29, 2009
Working with the Program Animals gives me the opportunity to introduce our guests to a variety of really cool animals including birds, reptiles, and terrestrial mammals. Some of these types of animals - like Lola the sulfur crested cockatoo, Matches the bearded dragon, and Iggy the green iguana - are commonly kept as pets. I get approached by guests all the time asking where they could acquire such a pet, or telling me about the pets they already have. While I’m very happy there are folks out there interested in caring for animals, there are many things to take into consideration before you take on the responsibility of keeping any animal as a pet. Knowing a lot about the animal you intend to bring home is essential, as is taking care of the unique needs of your pet!
Monday, May 25, 2009
In honor of the beginning of Shark Summer here at the Aquarium of the Pacific, I thought I’d tell you about one of my favorite local sharks – the horn shark!
Monday, April 13, 2009
I recently was asked why California doesn’t have as many “cool-looking fish” as places like Hawaii or the Caribbean. That question surprised me, because I think the answer is very different!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
One of the most fulfilling parts of an Aquarist’s work is raising baby fish and invertebrates to adulthood. Here at the Aquarium of the Pacific, we have successfully bred many different species of animals.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Whenever you visit one of our touching exhibits with sting rays, you are sure to hear about how we trim the the stingers on our rays. Here is how it is done.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Let talk about our good friend, Keith the nurse shark who lives in Shark Lagoon.
Monday, September 08, 2008
When Perry Hampton arrived in Long Beach in February of 1997 from Baltimore, one of his first duties was to help establish holding facilities for the many animals they would soon begin to accumulate for the Aquarium’s exhibits. These facilities provided interesting challenges and had them improvising creative solutions to problems on a daily basis. Perry Hampton is the Director of Husbandry at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Not long ago, one of our aquarists noticed that one of the Banggai cardinal fish in the coral reef exhibit on the first floor has not been eating for a while. We became increasingly concerned until we noticed that the little Banggai cardinal had a mouth full of babies!
Friday, August 08, 2008
Snappers are some of my favorite fish at the Aquarium. They can typically become quite large, are hydrodynamically shaped and are well adapted for predatory life. They are always enthusiastic when it comes to chow time which makes them a delight to feed. Many snappers are brilliantly colored with reds, blues, and yellows.