Wednesday, January 09, 2008
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.
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