Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Lorikeet Forest was closed for a few weeks, so as soon I could, I made sure to get right back in there to see our colorful little friends and admire an exhibit upgrade that includes some new landscaping, a little remodeling of the shaded area enclosure, and new fencing. It looks pretty spiffy! Watching the birds cavort around, as they interacted with our guests, brought me back to a few amusing moments that I’ve spent in this habitat.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Just because you don’t have a handy sea lion around doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun training animals. Any critter can be trained as long as you know what makes it happy!
Friday, April 04, 2008
Lots of colorful, vertically-compressed fish are swimming around Shark Lagoon, nibbling on the walls. The sharks can be touched but not these little fish. Trust me, you would not want to touch them anyway. They are called tangs and they live in Shark Lagoon because they are on a mission to control the algae.
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.