Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Things I learned at the aquarium

  • African penguins will chase shadows at the bottom of the pool just like a kitten will chase a lure or a light spot. If you stand in the right place, you can actually play with the penguins.

  • Northern fur seals have an eerily human-sounding yell, and beautiful eyes.

  • As birth control, they give the female seals Depo and the male seals Lupron.

  • Fish swim in a counterclockwise direction in the big tank because it’s easier for them to breathe that way. This explanation from the aquarium staff seemed to be missing a key piece about the tank’s water circulation or the staff having glued the gills shut on the left side of every fish.

  • You can x-ray a turtle despite the hard shell.

    I had a very strange day at the aquarium.
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