Thursday, December 13, 2007
Last week I actually got a chance to do something I hadn’t done before but is a usual routine for Education Volunteers… gather plankton for the plankton microscope located at the Coastal Corner Discover Lab in the Northern Pacific gallery! That was really cool. I’ve actually been wanting to do that for a long while but I wasn’t able to get to the Aquarium early enough to do it. I went along with my friend Samantha who showed me the ropes. We went out to the docks and we let the device sing for a bit and then pulled it up and dumped the collected plankton in a thermos to be displayed under the microscope.
During the day there were various holiday activities going on and while I was in between rotation period, I caught a glimpse of a black and white bird in the Great Hall. I thought to myself, “When did they ever let the puffins out?”, but then it didn’t take me long to figure out that it was a penguin. I overheard that the penguin’s name was Clyde. I stole a few shots on my way to the Waves exhibit to staff the round rays. I wanted to stick around and see what other neat things they were going to present but work had to be done.
Another thing that was unusual for me to do two Saturdays ago was feeding the bat rays! That day we fed them clam, shrimp, and squid. After target feeding (which is using the tongs to go directly under the desired ray) I switched to a scatter feeding which is taking a handful of food and tossing it in different places of the pool, but abruptly stopped once a seagull appeared. I covered the food with my hand and continued to cautiously feed the rays, but only target feeding. I must say I got pretty wet with the rays flying around the pool and all, but that just comes with the job! I dried fast anyway.
Oh, and an update about that trip on a boat to do research on kelp…I just found out that one needs to be at least eighteen to go along, and I just barely turned seventeen last month. So, most likely I won’t be able to go at all because come November of next year I’ll most likely be off to college. It did sound like it could be loads of fun but oh well. I’m sure plenty more great opportunities will arise in the future.
That’s it ‘till next time! :]
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