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.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
10 Year Anniversary Special Edition Blog
The first animal that I worked with on the Grand Opening day was Ellie the harbor seal. Her old feeding station was right next to the Plexiglas window in front of the seating area. Ellie was a very intelligent and patient seal with her rookie feeder that day. Ten years later, she’s still is with her now veteran volunteer.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
That is one of those popular questions our guests ask several times a week, and I’m always happy to point them in the right direction! Two olive Ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacae), Theo and Lou, reside in the Aquarium’s beautiful Tropical Pacific Gallery. Theo can often be seen cruising by our dive volunteers during the Tropical Reef Dive, while Lou can be frequently observed napping as you walk through the serene tropical tunnel. Helping out with the care of these magnificent creatures is one of the best parts of my aquarist volunteer days, so please read on to learn more about sea turtles!
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Claudia Harden, currently a presenter at the Aquarium, shares her experiences of being a charter volunteer and touring the Aquarium before construction was completed.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Spending the Fourth of July at the Aquarium of the Pacific was a fun and interesting way to celebrate the Independence of our country. I’m so glad I volunteered to work!
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Which animal at the Aquarium of the Pacific has been there the longest? Is it one of the sea otters? Perhaps it’s one of the seals? Maybe even one of the sharks? Actually the animal with the longest tenure at the Aquarium is Topaz the cat. Now… I know what you’re thinking: What is a cat doing at an aquarium? Well, truth be told, Topaz was here at the site way before the first fish ever swam here. This is his story.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Parties are loads of fun, especially when they involve the Aquarium of the Pacific. The 10th Anniversary All-Staff Party was quite a shindig for volunteers and staff, and you can win an incredible Aquarium slumber party when you party like a sea star!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
The land that the Aquarium of the Pacific sits on was once offshore of an old rollercoaster called the Cyclone Racers. With photographs, this week’s blog explores a bit of the history of the Rainbow Harbor area.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Whether you’re maintaining an exhibit that holds 200 gallons or 200,000 gallons, filtration is an integral part of any successful man-made marine habitat. Recently, I mentioned that the Aquarium filters approximately 1,000,000 gallons of salt water per hour to support over 12,000 marine residents. Why is filtration necessary? Fortunately, the Education Department provided me with a wealth of information on filtration practices in effect at the Aquarium of the Pacific that I would love to share with you!
Sunday, June 08, 2008
A special focus for our tenth anniversary
As we embark on our 10th year as the Aquarium of the Pacific, we are looking at the world ocean and the problems it faces as global climate change continues to be exacerbated by human behavior. If we reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink how we live our daily lives, we can make a difference and help save our planet!