Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Whew! It’s been a busy summer here at the Aquarium! Extraordinary whale watches, energetic day camps, packed Behind-the-scenes Tours, and hopping Summer Sundays. Our animal encounters have also been quite popular, and one of the encounters I’ve had the pleasure of leading recently focuses on the ocean’s most perfect predators: SHARKS! If you have ever wanted to have an up-close and personal, hands-on experience with these magnificent creatures, then this is the encounter for you.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Not long ago, one of our aquarists noticed that one of the Banggai cardinal fish in the coral reef exhibit on the first floor has not been eating for a while. We became increasingly concerned until we noticed that the little Banggai cardinal had a mouth full of babies!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
The Aquarium of the Pacific’s behind-the-scenes Green Team is helping staff members become more and more green through various activities that include such things as “Caught in the Act,” awards that go to people caught in the act of doing something to help save our planet—like using washable mugs for coffee—and a recycled art contest, both held in conjunction with April’s Earth Week.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
It is one of the best kept secrets of Mother Nature. When you think of green sea turtles, visions of tropical islands comes to mind. To folks in the Los Angeles/ Orange County area of California, these warm water wanderers are thought to be in far off, exotic locales. And yet in an urban river near the Long Beach-Orange County border an improbable group of sea turtles inconspicuously resides.
Friday, August 08, 2008
Snappers are some of my favorite fish at the Aquarium. They can typically become quite large, are hydrodynamically shaped and are well adapted for predatory life. They are always enthusiastic when it comes to chow time which makes them a delight to feed. Many snappers are brilliantly colored with reds, blues, and yellows.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Two San Diego artists are letting the Aquarium of the Pacific display an “urban tree” sculpture that they created in the hopes of getting people to realize the impact that humans have on the world ocean.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
An adult blue whale can eat over 4 tons of krill per day and just like you and I after gorging ourselves on our favorite foods, a lot of what enters our body via the mouth, usually exits the body a bit further down.
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!