Not so glamorous but the last part of my day was spent cleaning filters for one of my systems. This involves running water back through the filter to flush out waste. The job is fun but can get quite messy. Thanks for following me on my Takeover Tuesday!
I feed five systems a day. Some are broadcast fed which means the food is scattered throughout the tank so everyone gets a bite! Some animals are target fed which means they are given food directly through tongs or a feeding pole. All of the feeds get logged into records which you saw me do earlier!
I prep about 40-50 pounds of food every other day to feed my animals. Our prep is carefully planned out for every animal, we even add different vitamins to make sure we meet every animal's nutritional needs. Did you know our seafood is restaurant quality? We only give our animals the best!
Mascots for a Cure invited more than 30 mascots in the country to do a 36-second twist challenge to raise awareness for childhood cancer. The significance of thirty-six seconds comes from statistics showing 36 children are diagnosed with cancer every day in the United States. Downtown Aquarium - Houston mascots Sharkey, Nero our white tiger and Cha! Cha! from Rainforest Cafe all got to boogie... View details ⇨
I take care of the second largest system in the whole aquarium! I dive the dining room tank early in the morning, five times a week to clean and feed. As you can see it's quite hectic! After about two hours of diving it's off to the showers so I can get ready for the rest of my day.
At the Aquarium our animals get enriched in many different ways! Enrichment is anything that lets our animals exhibit their natural behaviors. Today Ranger is enjoying some visual enrichment through a movie! #enrichment #nationalzooandaquariummonth
Can every Saturday be Sawfish Saturday!? This is our female sawfish resting in our shark tunnel. Sawfish are critically endangered due to overfishing, habitat loss, and entanglement in fishing nets. How can you help? By visiting accredited aquariums, reporting any sightings of sawfish in the wild, cleaning up old fishing nets and lines, and raising public awareness! The more people know about... View details ⇨
This is our mata mata turtle getting some breakfast! Mata mata's are a freshwater turtle found in South America. They look like leaves so they can camouflage with the bottom of streams. Some say they are funny looking we think they're TURTLY cool! #aquarium #turtle
We are celebrating "Cephalopod Week" at the Aquarium! Today we are going to meet our aquarist, Mirandia. She takes care of our giant Pacific octopus, Harley!
Where did you go to school? Texas A&M at Galveston where I majored in Marine Biology.
What made you decide to be an aquarist? I really wanted to teach about conservation and take care of animals.
What is your favorite cephalopod fact?... View details ⇨