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!
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Through my blog, I met two of the nicest people, who came from Germany to visit Long Beach for two days before embarking on a cruise to Mexico and Puerto Rico. The day ended with a $20 donation to the Aquarium of the Pacific’s education department.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Saturday, 12-1, was a very busy day at the Aquarium.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
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.
Monday, November 12, 2007
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.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
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?
Friday, November 02, 2007
One of the habitats I have the great pleasure of working on is P3, one of our many quarantine enclosures. Quarantining is very important for the health and well being of our animals because if we do not do it, there is a good chance our animals may become sick.
Monday, October 22, 2007
For the first time in the Aquarium’s history, we have successfully bred pink skunk clownfish,Amphiprion perideraion. This amazing achievement was the product of two years of intense work by the dedicated aquarist staff. We hope to put the babies on display soon for the world to see.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Keeping fish is easy as long as you know what you are doing. Here are a few tidbits of knowledge that every aquarist, whether it be professional or hobbyist, needs to know. And yes, that includes all you beta and goldfish owners out there too.
Monday, October 08, 2007
There is a lot of work to be done to get Shark Lagoon ready for our guests each day.