Month: January 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Mystic, Conn. (January 11, 2018) – The new year has provided a new lease on life for a young harbor seal named Snap Dragon. The parking lot of Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, RI overflowed with community members who came out to celebrate Snap Dragon’s return to his ocean environment following his four month rehabilitation at Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Clinic. According to variations of human mythological beliefs, the snapdragon... MORE »

January 11, 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

As reported by Josh Davis, Mystic Aquarium's Senior Penguin Trainer Today when I arrived at the SANCCOB, 35 of the African penguins had already been loaded into the transport boxes that SANCCOB utilizes to transport penguins. These penguins, the ones I helped to weigh and hold for blood collection earlier in the week, have met the criteria to be released back out into the open ocean! Several of the rehabbers came in early in the morning to... MORE »

January 10, 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

As reported by Josh Davis, Mystic Aquarium's Senior Penguin Trainer With less than 100 African penguins in the center for rehabilitation this year, I have spent way more time than I’m used to working around SANCCOB to clean and maintain the center. My assignment today was to care for the penguins in Pen 2. Since there were three of us assigned to that pen we were able to give the penguins their fluids, get them their swimming time in the... MORE »

January 9, 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

As reported by Josh Davis, Mystic Aquarium's Senior Penguin Trainer Today was my first day off since working at SANCCOB and it was a clear and sunny day. I met up with Michelle and Jane, two trainers from Shedd Aquarium who are also here to work at SANCCOB. Together the three of us set out towards the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in the main part of Cape Town.  The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is made up of two harbors named for Queen... MORE »

SANCCOB 2018 – Josh Davis – January 5-7, 2018

Sunday, January 7, 2018

As reported by Josh Davis, Mystic Aquarium’s Senior Penguin Trainer Jan 5, 2018: Today I was assigned to Pen 2. Most of the 34 African penguins in Pen 2 are what SANCCOB refers to as “blues”; signifying that their downy chick feathers have been replaced by waterproof feathers. Since these penguins have their waterproof feathers, they are encouraged to swim in the shallow pool adjacent to the pen for 20 minutes three times daily. This... MORE »

SANCCOB 2018 – Josh Davis – January 4, 2018

Thursday, January 4, 2018

As reported by Josh Davis, Mystic Aquarium’s Senior Penguin Trainer January 4, 2018: I’m not sure if it was the seven-hour time difference or the excitement of getting back to SANCCOB that woke me up early enough to watch the sun rise against Table Mountain - one of Cape Town’s most iconic landmarks.  Lucky for me, the room I’ll be staying in for the next two weeks has the perfect view of it. Mystic Aquarium’s partnership with... MORE »

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Dear Friend, A very Happy New Year to you and your loved ones! On New Year’s Day we were delighted to welcome an East Lyme girl, Evie Helms, who suffers from Hydrocephalus, a condition where cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain, causing pressure within the skull, and leading to various complications. Social media guru Adam Cilley spotted a Facebook post from the Helm’s family regarding Evie’s condition and her love of sea... MORE »

Beluga Rescue Collaboration: December 28, 2017- January 2, 2019

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

As reported by Chrissy Metzger Barth, Mystic Aquarium’s Trainer of Cetaceans and Pinnipeds Dec. 28, 2017-Jan. 2, 2019: Tyonek continues to do well with his bottle feeds. He is practicing his vocalizations; even making new ones. On my shift, I was tasked with using the hydrophone (a specially designed underwater microphone) to record Tyonek’s vocalizations. The length and time of the recordings varied in order to record vocalizations made... MORE »