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, February 05, 2008
Every now and again it’s great fun to tag along with a school group of touring children, to enjoy their enthusiasm for the Aquarium of the Pacific as well as to enlighten them with facts about our wonderful animals and our waves exhibit.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Back in the summer of 1999, a visitor watching our sea lions swim past the pinniped tunnel at the Aquarium of the Pacific mentioned to me that she had taken a vacation up to Hearst Castle recently and while there had seen elephant seals resting on the beach. She noticed that a few had faded orange tags on their flippers and that one of the seals had a tag that read 3709. The number sounded familiar so I looked it up in my records. It was quite a revelation. The seal that the woman saw on the beach was “Mac”, an elephant seal that I helped track by satellite two years before. I thought it might be cool to share with everyone the details of Mac’s voyage that year.
Now that you are conversant with MPA jargon as a result of reading my last blog, MLPA, MPA, SMR, SMP, SMCA: Speaking ‘MPAese’, you may be wondering what happens next.
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!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Shark Lagoon’s touch pools have been “no touch” pools for the last few weeks. There has been medication in the water.
Monday, January 21, 2008
The volunteer training team launched our first one-day Aquarium 101 session, which despite a few glitches, went quite well, much to our relief and that of our director of Volunteer Services. What a fun day we had, too, energized, as always, by the incredible enthusiasm and interest of our new volunteers.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
On June 23, 2000, an ecological disaster occurred when the ore carrier MV Treasure sank off the coast of South Africa between Dassen and Robben Islands near Cape Town which supported two of the largest colonies of the African Penguin (Spheniscus demerus) in the world. Tens of thousands of penguins were in danger of dying from the oil that was surrounding their breeding beaches. A cry went out worldwide to zoos and aquariums for assistance. They sought the expertise of these facilities to help deal with this disaster. The Aquarium of the Pacific responded to the call by sending their aviculturist Karen Anderson.
Two female and two male American Goldeneyes, (Bucephala clangula Americana) now in quarantine, are destined for the Shorebird Sanctuary ecosystem sometime in January 2008.
Monday, January 14, 2008
The new tenant, a bowmouth guitarfish (Rhina ancylostoma), has moved from our quarantine area into Shark Lagoon with the bull sharks departure.