I know you've all been waiting patiently to hear from me and yes, with internet I should be able to get to writing as soon as I've done things, but I've been so busy that I've hardly had 2 seconds. Don't worry, you get to see all the fun stuff I've been up to, just read on.....
I've just left the Alaska Sea Life Centre in Seward and what fun we had! I knew it was cold there, but wow, it can be FREEZING! I don't know how those guys dive in that water every day. Anyway, I'm getting ahead of myself, I need to start at the beginning.
Casey was nice enough to invite me to come and visit them and she made sure that I got to help out in ALL their animal departments - marine mammals, avian (birds) and in the aquarium.
In the aquarium, I met Jared, the Aquarium Co-ordinator who invited me to help him feed the octopus. Not just any octopus, mind you, I got to feed the Giant Pacific Octopus called Lulu.
|Lulu came right up for her food when she saw Jared.|
|This is what Razor Clams look like.|
- The Giant Pacific Octopus (GPO) grows bigger and lives longer than any other octopus species. The size record is an animal that measured 9.1 m across and weighed more than 272 kg. The averages are more like 5m and 50 kg though.
- GPO's have been known to attack and eat sharks as well as birds, using their sharp, beaklike mouths to puncture and tear flesh.
- They are found throughout the temperate waters of the Pacific, from southern California to Alaska, west to the Aleutian Islands and Japan.
After visiting Lulu, I spent a little bit of time with the front of house staff at the touch pool where they had some really pretty starfish/sea stars.
|It's very important to read signs in an aquarium!|
|You can see how much fun I was having!|
You can't work in an aquarium and not get wet, so after seeing the front of house, I got to dive in the deepest sea bird exhibit in North America! My dive buddies introduced me to Big Mamma, a wolf eel, and then we got down to the serious work of scrubbing. After all, everything's got to be clean and it's not going to get that way by itself! : )
|My dive buddies Darin and Jared.|
|Snapper is so well trained, he even followed my command when I gave the training a try.|
|Cleaning fish buckets.|
|Me, Callie and the birds.|
|The Horned Puffin we fed.|
Thanks ASLC staff, I had a great time and thanks so much for my standard issue Grunden wear, the overalls (as we call them) are great!
Have a great week Sea Fans!