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Images from Grand Prix Weekend 2012

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

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The Aquarium of the Pacific may have been closed while celebrity racers were speeding past the dolphin fountain outside, but there was a lot going on inside as the facility did its annual spring cleaning.

Due to the layout of the Long Beach Grand Prix race course which runs right by the dolphin fountain in front of the entrance area the Aquarium is closed every year during race weekends. Most people may think that with no guests to entertain and educate on a closed weekend that there wouldn’t be a lot for the staff to do. Well for the past fourteen races I’ve found that at least on my Saturday shifts we stay pretty busy throughout the day. There are still animals to tend to and exhibit maintenance and upgrades to perform.

Images from Grand Prix Weekend 2012
While celebrity and formula one racers speed outside Milo the sea lion checks out the tunnel glass cleaning going on inside the Aquarium.  | Hugh Ryono
Images from Grand Prix Weekend 2012
Gidget, aka the Furball, sits up to look outside the sea otter exhibit to an empty aquarium during a race weekend training session. To me it looked like she wondering where all the people went?  | Hugh Ryono
Images from Grand Prix Weekend 2012
Otter 581 during a feeding session with mammalogist Jimmy on Grand Prix Saturday. The little sea otter seemed fascinated by all the media helicopters flying overhead covering the race.  | Hugh Ryono
Images from Grand Prix Weekend 2012
Aquarist Jessica clean the Blue Cavern exhibit during Grand Prix weekend. The staff put in a lot of effort preparing the Aquarium for the coming months.  | Hugh Ryono

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