10 posts categorized "Web diaries"

May 20, 2010

ACCA: Marine and Island Ecology course Day 4

After breakfast we headed off to the island (Warderick Wells) to learn more about the terrestrial plants of the Bahamas and island formation. We played in the water at Emerald Bay and then headed to the park headquarters for a look around. After traveling a short distance to Brad’s Reef, we collected data for our projects on a reef located within the park. Cambridge Cay was our next destination at the south end of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. We snorkeled a reef in Cambridge Cove covered with live elkhorn coral. While on the reef we identified and tallied fish species found on this reef for the REEF organization. After dinner we hopped back in the water for our first experience for a night snorkel. The long-spined urchins were there to great us as we made our way up to the reef. All exhausted from a long day, we headed off to our beds.

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May 18, 2010

ACCA: Marine and Island Ecology course Day 2+3

ACCA-2010-052 The exploration has begun! Yesterday was an action packed day full of island walks and snorkeling the beautiful waters of Allen’s, U and Leaf Cays. However today (May 16th) we dove into our research projects and started to collect data. All of our research projects are different from one another, but all of our investigations concern Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and Non-Protected Areas (NMPAs). The MPA we visit during the trip is called the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. Today we collected data while snorkeling a reef outside of the park. Then we traveled to the park and walked up Bush Hill Cay for a breath taking view of the Exumas. Next we traveled to Little Wax Cay to try our hand using a seine net to collect animals (quickly surveyed and then released). We traveled to Warderick Wells were the park headquarters are located and moored for the night, anxious to see what tomorrow’s explorations had in store for us.

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May 17, 2010

ACCA: Marine and Island Ecology course Day 1

ACCA-2010-018 Today we got a late start to our journey. Leaving Nassau, we saw some incredible sights. Giant hotels, large houses and magnificent bridges, showed us the enormous impact human activity can have. Once we got out in the open ocean things got a little choppy. We were all still trying to find our sea legs while we caught some rays (and some of us caught some z’s). We arrived in Allen’s Cays around 7 pm and listened to a lecture from our resident geologist Kelly Jackson. She taught us how the islands were formed and about the two different types of rock: Holocene and Pleistocene. Pleistocene is older and harder than Holocene, and it will ring when you hit it. After the lecture, we hit our bunks quite quickly to rest up for our busy day tomorrow.


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February 09, 2009

Sea Otter Trainer Diary #3

Keep up to date with Shedd's Oceanarium animals and trainers with this Web diary series about all their doings off site during the renovation. In this entry, marine mammal trainer Indya Watts takes us behind the scenes of Minnesota Zoo for a sea otter enrichment exercise.

Posted by Jay Geneske, web editor

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December 10, 2008

Beluga and Dolphin Trainer Diary #3

Keep up to date with Shedd's Oceanarium animals and trainers with this Web diary series about all their doings off site during the renovation. In this entry, marine mammal trainer Madelynn Hettiger takes us behind-the-scenes at Mystic Aquarium.

Posted by Jay Geneske, web editor
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November 16, 2008

Sea Otter Trainer Diary #2

Keep up to date with Shedd's Oceanarium animals and trainers with this Web diary series about all their doings off site during the renovation. In this entry, marine mammal trainer Indya Watts talks about how the sea otters and staff were transported to their temporary home at Minnesota Zoo.

Posted by Jay Geneske, web editor

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October 31, 2008

Beluga and Dolphin Trainer Diary #2


Keep up to date with Shedd's Oceanarium animals and trainers with this Web diary series about all their doings off site during the renovation. In this entry, marine mammal trainer Madelynn Hettiger talks about how the beluga whales, dolphins and staff are adjusting in their temporary home at Mystic Aquarium.

Posted by Jay Geneske, web editor

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September 09, 2008

Beluga Whale and Dolphin Transport

Shedd is pleased to announce that our seven beluga whales, four Pacific white-sided dolphins and twelve marine mammal staff members are doing well at their new, temporary home – the Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration in Mystic, CT.

Ever wonder how we transport our precious cargo? Ken Ramirez, VP of animal collections and animal training at Shedd, gives us an inside look on the journey to Mystic.

Subscribe to this feed to get the latest on Shedd’s Oceanarium renovation.

Posted by Jay Geneske, web editor

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September 06, 2008

Sea Otter Trainer Diary #1

Just because the belugas, dolphins, sea otters and other Oceanarium animals aren't on display at Shedd right now doesn't mean that you can't follow what they're doing. You can keep up to date with the animals and trainers with this Web diary series about all their doings off site. Check back here often for new entries, or subscribe to this page to guarantee you see it first.

In this entry, trainer Indya Watts talks about preparing the sea otters for the animal transport. 

Do you have questions for Indya or about the Oceanarium renovation? Make sure to comment below, and look for the answers in upcoming posts.

Posted by Jay Geneske, web editor

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September 04, 2008

Beluga and Dolphin Trainer Diary #1

Just because the belugas, dolphins, sea otters and other Oceanarium animals aren't on display at Shedd right now doesn't mean that you can't follow what they're doing. You can keep up to date with the animals and trainers with this Web diary series about all their doings off site. Check back here often for new entries, or subscribe to this page to guarantee you see it first.

In this entry, trainer Madelynn Hettiger talks about preparing the beluga whales and dolphins for the animal transport. 

Do you have questions for Madelynn or about the Oceanarium renovation? Make sure to comment below, and look for the answers in upcoming posts.

Posted by Jay Geneske, web editor

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