Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Since the Aquarium of the Pacific opened in 1998 (based on my totally unscientific calculations):
- More than 1,000,000: The number of people that have seen a seal and sea lion presentation.
- More than 140,000: The number of people that have seen our Saturday seal and sea lion presentation.
- More than 100,000: The number of herrings that Miller the sea lion has eaten.
- More than 20,000: The number of herrings that Ellie the harbor seal has eaten.
- More than 500,000: The numbers of pens staff and volunteers have removed from squids while preparing food for the pinnipeds and otters.
- More than 50,000: The number of pens I’ve personally removed from squids while preparing the food for the pinnipeds and otters.
- More than 95,000: The number of fish buckets hauled up to the pinniped exhibit for feeds and presentation by staff and volunteers.
- More than 4,000: The number of fish buckets that I’ve personally hauled up to the pinniped exhibit.
- More than 120,000: The miles that the marine mammal staff have walked while caring for the pinnipeds and otters.
- More than 3,000: The miles that I’ve walked while on my Saturday marine mammal shift.
Ellie the Harbor Seals’s Upcoming Birthday
This May 16th, Ellie the seal will celebrate her 20th birthday. Ellie the harbor seal, like many people in California, is an East Coast transplant. She was born in Brooklyn on May 16th 1989 at the New York Aquarium and named Elga after a local Socialite.
I used to visit her East Coast home regularly back in the mid 90s when I would make regular business trips to the New York area. She was one of several harbor seals that I would see in their seal exhibit. Who would have thought that one of the seals that I was watching in Brooklyn would years later eventually become my favorite seal in Long Beach. She became Ellie when she got to the Aquarium of the Pacific; a much more So Cal name.
On Saturday May 16th, the staff will be celebrating her birthday by presenting her with a birthday fish ice cake. If you’re in the area, stop on by and wish Ellie a Happy Birthday! We might even have a birthday card that guests can sign wishing her a Happy 20th.
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