Hi Sea Fans!
The seasons are changing and some of us are gearing up for summer....to those of you back home, we've had the cold so it's your turn now! : )
Anyway, seeing as I haven't written in a while, I'd better get to it...
Pier Aquarium. I was here a while ago, but I was battling to get my photos off the camera for some strange reason. The Pier Aquarium has been going since 1988 and they've had nearly 4 million visitors walk through their doors. Needless to say, they were looking for a way to expand and the answer has been "The Secrets of the Sea Marine Exploration Centre and Aquarium" (SSMECA) which only opened in November last year. I was lucky enough to be invited to visit. I packed my camera and hopped on a plane. Here are some pics:
|Me helping Chrissy, one of the aquarists at the Touch Tank.|
Similar tanks are often put into mobile aquariums which are taken around to the local neighbourhood and surrounding areas to teach the public more about these animals. I know that the two biggest aquariums back home, in South Africa, send a mobile aquarium out into the disadvantaged areas so that the kids there can also get the opportunity to see what lives underneath the waves. You should see there faces light up with interest when they learn that the spiky round thing, called an urchin, is in fact an animal!
Another reason why I love working at an aquarium.
|Helping feed the seahorse nursery.|
|Helping with a school group tour.|
It's always a nice feeling seeing your country on a map. I got to show the kids where I come from. The first reaction was "Wow!" and "Gee, you're far from home!". Yes, I am, but all of our countries are connected by the sea and so we all can make a difference to each others' lives. (Even if you just do one thing like not throwing your trash/litter/rubbish on the floor).
|Helping feed the Coral Catsharks.|
If you're in the Florida area, why not pop in and see the aquarium for yourself. (Plan your visit by checking out http://www.thesecretsofthesea.org/)
Thanks to all the Pier Aquarium staff, especially Chrissy and Brooke for hosting me and organising my stay.
Have a great end of the week Sea Fans!