Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Part 2 of my adventures in building an enrichment object that would allow our giant Pacific octopus, Gunda, to paint.
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Many of you have seen the seals and sea lions painting as an enrichment activity. Some zoos and aquariums even have elephants, giraffes and rhinos paint. If these smart mammals can do it, why can’t our octopus, the smartest invertebrate at the Aquarium? We decided to give our giant Pacific octopus, Gunda, the chance to try.
Monday, March 21, 2011
This past fall members of the Aquarium’s husbandry department traveled to Alaska to gather knowledge and animal specimens for the Aquarium’s new exhibit set to open in May 2011, Arctic & Antarctic: Our Polar Regions in Peril.
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!
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Even when the Aquarium of the Pacific is closed to the public for the hubbub of the Long Beach Grand Prix, the work inside continues. In fact, for some of us the work INCREASES, because we have the opportunity to do some bigger projects that we can’t do during regular working days.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
One of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s top ten ocean issues highlighted in its Tenth Anniversary Year theme of “Ocean on the Edge” involves the dying off, or bleaching, of the world’s coral reefs. Here’s a look at what is happening and some of the things we can do to help slow or even reverse the problem.
Friday, May 30, 2008
In this entry, I am going to share with you some of the things I learned about live foods and their upkeep.
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
Friday, January 11, 2008
Every public aquarium must have a live coral exhibit because that is the epitome of aquaria. Nothing is more beautiful or more difficult to maintain than a coral reef aquarium. Thanks to Amy I was able to find out about the upkeep of the live coral exhibit.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
The Aquarium got a visit from some cool (literally) birds as I fed some bat rays and collected plankton straight from the ocean! This doesn’t happen much at all, so I was quite excited.