A Ship(wreck)’s Log II

March 22, 2014 Comments Off on A Ship(wreck)’s Log II

Hello, again. I am so excited to bring you the next installment in A Ship(wreck)’s log. The last few weeks have been a flurry of activity. So let’s raise the sails and begin.

Our construction team has renovated the exhibit hall to give us 250 more square feet of exhibit space, and completed the platforms for our aquariums. The aquariums are currently being built in California  and will be here in the next couple of weeks.
One of our aquariums will hold 10,000 gallons of water and is 18 feet long. The other aquarium will hold 4,000 gallons of water and will be 16 feet long. The platforms have to be pretty strong because our largest tank will be 80,000 pounds. Now since the platforms are finished the construction team can start building the rest of the exhibit.

Gary and Tom are constructing the platform for the ancient shipwreck display. This platform will hold the 10,000 gallon aquarium.

This platform is for the 4,000 gallon Pacific wreck.
Here’s an example of exhibit walls.

Gary is doing some research on a curve at the top of one of the exhibit walls. This wall will be part of a graphic display for the Pacific Wreck exhibit.

Working on opening up the space.

Our husbandry team has been receiving new fish for the exhibit. Many of the fish we have come from accredited suppliers and from other zoos and aquariums.  But our newest residents are fish which were pets that became a bit too big for their homes.
Word to the wise, always do research on an animal before you buy it. I have seen many situations where adorable little fish have grown into over-sized predators . So make sure that the animal is a good life-long fit for your aquarium.
Here’s a good example. One of the fish we received is a juvenile nurse shark. The nurse shark can grow to 14 feet as an adult and is a literal fish vacuum, so be wary.

This Nurse shark is very curious and is loving her new temporary home.
Hello from the Peacock grouper
This is one beautiful panther grouper, and I think he knows it.

In the next couple of weeks we will be finishing the installation of our filtration system and placing one of the new aquariums.  So make sure to look for the next installment of a Ship(wreck)’s Log, because it is really going to be exciting.

Until next time, fair winds and calm seas!