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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Brittany

When I arrived at the Aquarium for my first time in a while, I promptly gave everyone a hug. It felt great to be back. When I woke up that morning I was extremely tired but once I got to the Aquarium, I woke up immediately. I got updated on the latest news which included Luis (on of my Day Captains) getting an amazing review from the Aquarium and one of our secret shoppers. He received a token of appreciation in the form of a bracelet. He wore it very proudly and showed it to almost all the volunteers he came in contact with.

As I went to my first station, the California Baja Touch Lab, I noticed something different about it. It had a makeover! It looked really nice! There were also some new additions to the pools. I saw some keyhole limpets and some new anemones. They were beautiful. Also, a few new sea stars were present. A few of our guests even noticed and made comments on how nice it looked. While I was working at the touch lab, I came in contact with some really neat people from England. They were thinking about moving to Long Beach and my day captain Eric and I chatted with them for a while. It was interesting to hear about how things are in England and how different things are here. I found out that one thing that I had in common with them is that we like the same singer who is actually from London. Like I have said many times before, it’s so much fun just to talk to the guests about random things and stories.

I got a chance to feed the rays again! I love that part of my day. Of course it’s always a challenge to keep the seagulls away, but we managed. That day we fed the rays a mixture of squid, shrimp, and clam. Target feeding is tough! You really have to be quick to get the food under the ray you were aiming for. I got soaked as always, but as always I didn’t mind. I haven’t found any stingray teeth in a long while. I look every time I’m at the Ray pool but no such luck. Currently I have a collection of four. Stingrays can lose up to 30,000 teeth in a lifetime, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find a few more, should it?

There’s a sign-up sheet for volunteers to go on whale watching tours in the Aquarium Resource Center. I heard that a pod of orcas were even seen this season! Am I signing up? You bet! I love whale watching and even if I don’t catch a glimpse of orcas, I know it will still be an awesome experience.

I’m Back!
Some of the new keyhole limpets.  | © Brittany Munson
I’m Back!
Samantha, Eric, and I feeding some rays!  | © Brittany Munson

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MarineDepot

Thursday, January 10, 2008 12:06 PM

What does a ray tooth look like? Hmmmm ....

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Brittany

Thursday, January 10, 2008 04:33 PM

Well, the way I usually describe it is that they look like mini white combs. The largest one I have is about the size of my thumbnail. They have one flat edge with many tiny little projections sticking out. The flat side is used for grinding food and the side with the little prongs is used to hold the tooth in place in the rays mouth.

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