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What’s going on at the Santa Monica Pier Public Aquarium this week

Discussion in 'Member's Chat' started by SantaMonicaHelp, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. SantaMonicaHelp

    SantaMonicaHelp Active Member

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    Hello, everyone. My name is Kamran, and I am a helper here at Santa Monica Filtration. I am also an aquarist intern at the Santa Monica Pier Public Aquarium:

    https://healthebay.org/aquarium/

    I’ll be giving periodic updates regarding various going-ons at the aquarium, and if you have any requests for things you want me to find out about our creatures, feel free to share. I hope you all enjoy!
     
  2. orangecrush

    orangecrush Well-Known Member

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    That's very interesting. How long have you been doing this?

    Jim.
     
  3. SantaMonicaHelp

    SantaMonicaHelp Active Member

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    It's been three months now. Almost feels like I've been there forever, though. It's quite a delightful internship.

    -Kamran
     
  4. orangecrush

    orangecrush Well-Known Member

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    That sounds like a really fun job. Can't wait for the updates

    Good luck and happy fishkeeping, Jim.
     
  5. SantaMonicaHelp

    SantaMonicaHelp Active Member

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    Thank you! My first "official" post will come next week. Stay tuned!

    -Kamran
     
  6. orangecrush

    orangecrush Well-Known Member

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    Looking forward to it.

    Jim.
     
  7. SantaMonicaHelp

    SantaMonicaHelp Active Member

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    The time has come for my first official update. The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is nestled beneath the very front of the pier, with a nice big aquarium banner for good measure. Every creature on display is native to Santa Monica Bay, with a few exceptions (ex: El Nino caused some Pacific seahorses to appear in our waters, which were then collected and given their own exhibit). Obviously, the goal is to give visitors a sense of what's lurking right beneath the bay, and to drive the point home, most of our main exhibits are modeled after a specific ecosystem (including the underside of the pier itself).

    Attached to this post are a few photos showing the aquarium’s position in relation to the pier, the entrance, and some of our exhibits. All of these photos are mine, except for the aerial shot. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

    -Kamran

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  8. SantaMonicaHelp

    SantaMonicaHelp Active Member

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    Hello again, everyone. One of our swell sharks recently emerged from its embryo, so for this week’s update, I thought I’d give a rundown of how the aquarium handles its shark pups.

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    Currently, we have two kinds of sharks on display: swell sharks (first photo) and horn sharks (second photo). Although both our sharks have been known to multiply, the swell sharks do it far more prolifically and will hence be the main focus of this post.

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    These are what swell shark embryos look like. These three specifically are on public display, but we have many more in the back room.

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    When a pup emerges from its embryo, it’s immediately moved to the quarantine tank seen in this photo. As you can see, we have no shortage of them (and in comparison, there are only three horn shark embryos that haven’t even hatched yet).

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    Several things can happen to the pups depending on the circumstances. Sometimes, they’re moved to the public exhibit (pictured above), which is what happened with our newest pup. Other times they’re donated to other aquariums, and still other times they’re kept until they’re large enough for the primary shark tank. It really depends on how much room we have and where.

    On a side note, one of our adult swell sharks sprayed me with a mouthful of water once. It was unpleasant.

    -Kamran
     
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  9. orangecrush

    orangecrush Well-Known Member

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    I'm really enjoying these posts, thank you. Two questions-

    1- Can you catch Horn Sharks off the Oceanside Pier? I caught a shark many years ago that was spotted and had a horn.

    2- Is that you in the above pic? It's nice to know who I'm chatting with.

    Take care and happy fishkeeping, Jim.
     
  10. SantaMonicaHelp

    SantaMonicaHelp Active Member

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    You're welcome! To answer your questions:

    1) You most likely can. Horn sharks are fairly common in Santa Monica Bay, so I'd imagine they can be found in San Diego's waters, too. If your shark had a horn and spots, then it was definitely one of those.

    2) That's me, alright. :) It's a shame the image hoster reduced the quality, because I really like that photo.

    -Kamran
     
  11. orangecrush

    orangecrush Well-Known Member

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    I agree, it is a nice pic.

    Thanks, Jim.
     
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