Monday, February 25, 2008
Milo and Harpo are still working hard with their trainers on new behaviors and living it up in their home behind-the-scenes.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
It’s only February, but it’s been a pretty exciting year so far. The beginning of the month was particularly rousing, as I found myself on a cruise around the Mexican Riviera, constantly keeping an eye out for marine animals! I took every single opportunity offered to me to get out on the water, as well as in the water. It was just off the coast of Cabo San Lucas that our snorkeling trip turned into an unexpected, yet welcome, whale-watching fiesta!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
As a marine mammal enthusiast, going whale watching is probably one of my most favorite things to do. At the Aquarium, we strive to educate our guests about all different types of marine mammals but you can’t really appreciate their true size and beauty until you’ve seen these magnificent animals up close!
Friday, December 28, 2007
As much as I love writing about animals, I think I’m going to take this blog entry in a different direction. As we get ready to bid farewell to another year, I always like to think back and reflect on year’s past. When I first interviewed to volunteer at the Aquarium, all I could think about was being able to learn about and help care for an awesome collection of animals. What I didn’t count on, however, was the amazing group of dedicated individuals that I would get to work with and learn from!
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Well, that festive time of year is once again upon us! This time of year is always full of all kinds of celebration and fun, and the holiday season at the Aquarium is no exception. Decorations recently started popping up everywhere, and not just for us humans. Even the animals are getting in on the act!
Monday, November 12, 2007
One of my favorite things about being a mammalogy volunteer is that when you walk through the doors early in the morning, you never know exactly what kind of different, exciting activities the day will bring!
Friday, October 26, 2007
We want all of our animals here at the Aquarium to be happy and healthy! A key component in achieving that goal is to make sure each animal is given a high-quality, well-balanced diet. As you might have guessed, a huge part of a marine mammal volunteer’s day is spent preparing the food that the animals will be eating that day. This is actually a little more work than most people think, so I thought it would be fun to share some details about what our animals eat and how we go about preparing it for them.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I’m pleased to report that we have another new addition to our pinniped family at the Aquarium! A rescued two-year-old male California sea lion joined current residents Miller, Parker, Shelby, Ellie, and newcomer Troy this past Thursday in the Seal and Sea Lion Habitat. I encourage everyone to come on out and see Odin living it up in his new home. Isn’t it nice when a rescue story has a happy ending?
Friday, September 14, 2007
Have you ever seen a sea lion speeding through the water like a torpedo and then doing a dynamic leap into the air? A harbor seal gracefully twirling in her pool? How about a sea otter coming up on deck and standing up on its rear flippers? Chances are you have if you’ve observed any of our marine mammal training sessions here at the Aquarium. Animals have always amazed me with their abilities and adaptations, and its always exciting to see them in action. However, it’s not all about fun and entertainment. Though entertainment and teaching the public about environmental conservation are extremely important, there are some other very important reasons we train our animals. Reasons that directly benefit the animals themselves, and that’s what it’s all about.
Friday, August 31, 2007
He’s handsome, he’s covered in fur, and he’s the newest resident of our Seal and Sea Lion Habitat! Meet Troy, our three-year-old male harbor seal. This past Thursday was Troy’s big day, as he was released into the 211,000 gallon Seal and Sea Lion Habitat to meet current residents Shelby, Ellie, Miller, and Parker. Since Troy’s arrival, many guests have asked me where our marine mammals come from so I’d like to take the opportunity to address that question here in my blog.