Month: January 2018

Beluga Rescue Collaboration: January 21-23, 2018

Monday, January 29, 2018

As reported by Laurie Macha, Mystic Aquarium’s Curator of Mammals and Birds January 21, 2018: I started my shift a little early today so I could help with stretcher desensitizing (aka desense) during his 4pm bottle. Throughout his care veterinarians must take blood and perform other diagnostics on Tyonek to ensure that he remains healthy. A stretcher is used to obtain these diagnostics. So, as you can imagine, making the stretcher familiar... MORE »

Beluga Rescue Collaboration: January 24-28, 2018

Sunday, January 28, 2018

As reported by Laurie Macha, Mystic Aquarium’s Curator of Mammals and Birds January 24, 2018: Today’s shift was a very COLD one - it got to single digits toward the end of my night. When I arrived at Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) the wind was whipping so hard that it took my breath away. I found myself walking at an angle against the wind. With the cold temperatures and the wind, I planned enrichment to coincide with the feedings as... MORE »

Beluga Rescue Collaboration: January 19-20, 2018

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

As reported by Laurie Macha, Mystic Aquarium’s Curator of Mammals and Birds Saturday, January 19, 2018: I spent the entire day Friday traveling from CT to AK - arriving in Seward around 8:00pm. The drive from Anchorage to Seward on the Seward Highway continues to amaze me. Although it’s mostly dark in Alaska this time of year (10:00 am sunrise; 4:43 pm sunset), my drive through the Kenai Peninsula was nothing short of fantastic. The... MORE »

Beluga Rescue Collaboration: January 8-15, 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018

As reported by Jesse Ciletti, Mystic Aquarium’s Trainer of Cetaceans and Pinnipeds January 8-15, 2018: With only a few days left here at Alaska SeaLife Center, I am feeling pretty emotional. These past few weeks have been a great experience. Tyonek is doing really well. His last CT scan showed that an earlier lung problem is resolved; which is amazing news. We are now just doing some basic husbandry tests like blowhole and gastric... MORE »

Beluga Rescue Collaboration: January 7, 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018

As reported by Jesse Ciletti, Mystic Aquarium’s Trainer of Cetaceans and Pinnipeds January 7, 2018: I arrived in Alaska on Friday, December 29; droving down to Seward the following morning. It had just snowed that day and the snowcapped mountains were just the Alaskan setting I had pictured in my mind! I also lucked out and got out of Mystic before the icy blizzard arrived! I met up with fellow trainer, Chrissy Metzger Barth at the... MORE »

SANCCOB 2018 – January 17-18, 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018

As reported by Josh Davis, Mystic Aquarium’s Senior Penguin Trainer January 17 Today I had the pleasure of assisting in a SANCCOB beach cleanup. Due to the large number of volunteers scheduled to work today, a few of us were selected to travel to a local beach and pick up litter. It took us about 15 minutes to get to Lagoon Beach, a beach in Milnerton, one of the suburbs of Cape Town. This beach was chosen due to its location and because... MORE »

SANCCOB 2018 – January 14-15 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018

As reported by Josh Davis, Mystic Aquarium’s Senior Penguin Trainer January 14 Today I was assigned to Pen 3 which now has 50 African penguins in it! This is a number I am much more accustomed to having in a pen. As I mentioned previously, there are fewer chicks this year requiring rehabilitation at SANCCOB because there were fewer chicks overall in the colonies. This illustrates just how much the population can be affected on a yearly... MORE »

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 »

SANCCOB 2018 – January 9-11, 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

As reported by Josh Davis, Mystic Aquarium's Senior Penguin Trainer January 9 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... 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 »