Wednesday, March 26, 2008
“Calamari in my hand—-
Fancy name bestowed by man.
Kids will eat it with a bib—-
To a seal it’s just a squid.”
The story of Loligo opalescens—-aka Calamari or Market Squid
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Water quality is very important to an aquatic animal. A sudden shift in water quality can make a fish or any aquatic animal very uncomfortable. This is where the process of acclimation comes in. All animals entering a new environment must be acclimated to ensure a successful transition.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Remember the part in the movie Finding Nemo when the gramma freaked out when Nemo told them that he was from the ocean? Then the cleaner shrimp cleaned Nemo and all was well? If only disinfecting fish were that simple in real life! Though cleaner shrimps do help with cleaning their fellow aquarium inhabitants, they are not miracle workers. That is where we as aquarists come in. We must quarantine and medicate new arrivals to ensure their health and the health of the overall fish community they will be living with.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Shark Lagoon’s touch pools have been “no touch” pools for the last few weeks. There has been medication in the water.
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?