Monday, November 05, 2007
The bull shark is being prepared for transport to another aquarium. The date has not yet been decided but please come see her soon or you may miss her. You may wonder
how you prepare a shark for transport. It starts with training the shark to come into a separate area of the exhibit, in our case, into the husbandry pool attached to Shark Lagoon. This allows the shark to be separated from the rest its tank mates. A transport rehearsal was done last week where the shark was moved into the husbandry pool then actually taken out of the exhibit and placed in a separate pool “behind the scenes”. The shark was then returned to Shark Lagoon. Everything went very well. Most likely more rehearsals will be done before the actual trip. These rehearsals are done to reduce the stress on the animal as it will be familiar with being moved around.
Stay tuned to meet the new Shark Lagoon member when the bull shark makes the move
I have a new skill that I can add to my resume, squid sniffer! As I was thawing the 12 pounds of squid for the daily feed, it smelled odd. Not really bad, just strong or in other words not right. I asked one of the Aquarists to check the smell. Sure enough, some of the squid were bad. Just one problem, which ones? That’s where the sniffing comes in. I sniffed every one of the squid to see which were good and which were bad. As it turned out, a little over half were bad. The sharks got extra clam and shrimp to make up for the squid that we tossed.
Now is the time of year when it is less crowded at the Aquarium. It is a good time to come and linger in front of your favorite exhibit. We have Exhibit Interpreters to tell you about the exhibits. Think about doing a hands-on Animal Encounter with either the otters, seal and sea lions, or sharks.
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