Friday, December 28, 2007
As much as I love writing about animals, I think I’m going to take this blog entry in a different direction. When I first interviewed to volunteer at the Aquarium, all I could think about was being able to learn about and help care for an awesome collection of animals. Not to mention being able to educate our guests about the marine environment and hopefully get people motivated to take some conservation action! What I didn’t count on, however, was the amazing group of dedicated individuals that I would get to work with and learn from!
It’s really incredible to be involved with an organization where everyone is on the same page environmentally. Have you ever wondered whether or not the people that work and/or volunteer at the Aquarium really live up to all that conservation stuff they talk about to our guests? Well, let me tell you that they definitely DO!! On or off Aquarium grounds, it’s not just a job. It’s a lifestyle! All kinds of people, all walks of life, tons of different occupations, ages ranging from pre-teens to folks in their eighties/nineties all working toward our mission to instill a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems. Pretty remarkable when you think about it!
Ok, now back to the animals! :-)
2008 is almost upon us, and ringing in the new year also means whale watching season is here!! The Aquarium will be offering two whale watches per day. This is something I do every year, especially this time of year, during the grey whale migration season. I also heard from one of my co-workers that a small pod of orcas were spotted earlier this week! How awesome is that?!? Just goes to show that you never know exactly what you may see out there!
Also, in January, there’s going to be a screening of the movie A Seal’s Life and then a discussion with the maker of the film, Drew Wharton. I’ve been looking forward to this, as the elephant seal has always been a bit of a mystery to me.
Well, that’s about it for now! I’ll be bringing you more mammalogy news in the new year, which isn’t far off! Until then, may everyone have happy, safe, and green holidays!!
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