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Volunteering

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Leah

I volunteer in other departments as well as in Shark Lagoon. For the last few years, it has been my privilege to be the Community Outreach Coordinator in the Marketing Department.

What is Community Outreach? We market the Aquarium and provide ocean related education by having a booth at community events, Earth Day events, beach and wetland cleanups, and teacher and other conferences. Included in the booth is literature about the Aquarium and various biofacts. Examples of biofacts are models or actual specimens such as shark teeth. Our booth “themes” include sharks, always a crowd favorite, whales, coral reefs, and junk in the ocean.

We also drive the Aquarium’s yellow submarine in parades. The yellow submarine is a Honda Odyssey donated to the Aquarium by the Honda Motor Company. It is painted bright yellow and covered in graphics of fish and children looking through a porthole. There is a periscope on the roof. It is definitely an attention getter! This year we took part in the Martin Luther King Day Parade in Long Beach, the Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Long Beach Veteran’s Day Parade. The great reception we get at the venues is very heartwarming and rewarding. Look for us in the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade.

I am fortunate to have help with the booths from a very dedicated group of folks. Thank you all for your help and dedication.

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Corinne

Thursday, November 29, 2007 03:04 PM

You didn’t tell anyone that at the Veteran’s Day Parade,  the sub was behind two golf carts driven by the poop scoopers who cleaned up after eight horses in front of them. It was a stop and go ride.

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jesus martinez

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 05:08 PM

why do humans get attcked?

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Leah

Wednesday, January 09, 2008 03:28 PM

Thank you for your question Jesus.

The main reason people get attacked is that they are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sharks do not go out of their way to attack us. We are not on their list of preferred foods. Think about this…  One of the great white’s favorite foods on the California coast are seals or sea lions. Humans put on a black wetsuit and get on a surfboard in areas where seals and sea lions live. The shark looks up through the water and sees the surfer’s outline above. What does it look like? A lot like a seal or sea lion so the shark goes up to investigate by taking a bite. The shark realizes its mistake and swims away. Unfortunately, the surfer is left with a serious bite. I hope that answers your question.

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