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
Monday, March 24, 2008
It’s been about a month since my last update on Harpo and Milo, our two youngest California sea lions. It’s my pleasure to report that this past Thursday, March 20, these two frisky pinnipeds joined the rest of our flippered family in the 211,000 gallon Seal and Sea Lion Habitat and now you can come and welcome them, too!
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Volunteers at the Aquarium of the Pacific learned a lot about sustainable seafood last week during one of our regular daily updates that provide us with all sorts of interesting information. Eating sustainable seafood is good for your health and the health of our planet.
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.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Lola is a cockatoo. How do I know this? Because Lola told me that he was. When program keeper Melissa had the bird on her arm and asked Lola “What are you?” Lola replied “COCKTOO!” Lola is one of the many program animals that our staff takes around the aquarium to interact with guests.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
They’re undeniably entertaining, extremely resourceful, and have the densest fur of any animal on the planet! What animal am I talking about? Why, the sea otter (Enhydra lutris), of course!
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Kindergarteners at Cesar Chavez Elementary School in downtown Long Beach learned about the characteristics of living things during a recent science lesson presented by an Aquarium of the Pacific educator. The Aquarium and Cesar Chavez Elementary have been in a partnership since the school opened a few years ago; the science lessons, provided for all grade levels, are a component of that partnership.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Some of my fondest memories of volunteering at the Aquarium of the Pacific come from the impromptu enrichment swims that we use to do in the Seal and Sea Lion Exhibit. I remember floating in the water nose to nose with a sea lion only inches away from my mask as we both lazily bobbed just under the surface with the critter looking upon me with a gaze of familiarity that only comes from years of working with an animal.
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.
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.