For the sheer fun of it: musicians with Mariachi Connecticut serenade Juno, a beluga whale at Mystic Aquarium. The musicians were performing at a wedding. Now -- understandably -- the video's going viral. Enjoy!
It's a huge hit for the network: Most-watched series premiere ever (6.1 million viewers), and already extended for 26 more episodes beyond the initial 26 that Nickelodeon ordered.
Marlene has more than a bit role in the series. Lots of buzz out there about a possible romantic connection between her and Skipper!
Hmmm, now that she's so famous, I wonder if there's any chance she'll invite Herbie Hippocampus out for a visit? She definitely should stop by Wild About Otters to see her cousins before it the exhibit closes on September 13.
My son Gabriel is working on a school project about cuttlefish, and the Internet's been a great source of information -- including this video from the PBS series, Nova. There's much more online about these fascinating animals, but here's a good introduction to the Kings of Camouflage. (And a tip of the hat to the folks at Cephalopodcast for helping me & Gabriel find this!)
Timely that the film references a youthful experience during an aquarium visit. We celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2009, with a new special exhibition -- "The Secret Lives of Seahorses" -- and special activities throughout the year. Check back for updates and highlights.
Big shout out to Sam Fromartz at the Chews Wise blog for posting this incredible international musical effort from Playing for Change earlier in the week. It's eloquent testimony to the power of hope, of vision and collaboration -- and of music as a vehicle to touch our hearts and lift our spirits.
We humans have a lot of work to do if we're going to save the best of the natural world, including our vast living oceans. This kind of work is best done joyfully, and in concert with others. This video shows what's possible when we pull together, and this link to Bill Moyers Journal provides much of the back story (in video and a transcript on the site) from Mark Johnson of Playing for Change.
This video, of a shrimp on a treadmill (oh yes, you read it right), has become a YouTube sensation, with many, many versions set to different soundtracks.
The scientists conducting the research are somewhat bemused by this, as their research, of course, had a scientific purpose. They wanted to understand more about the impacts of disease and illness on a shrimp's ability to be able to stay alive without becoming someone's lunch. You and I can take a day off work/school and rest up; wildlife needs to hide illness in order to survive.
Here is a shrimp in action. Couldn't resist the Benny Hill version!
This weekend, is our celebration of all "feathered friends", where our guests can learn about birds such as albatross, penguins and the local efforts to recover the California condor. Today is our annual "meet the penguins" day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where lucky contest winners get some personal time with some of our black-footed penguins.
Perhaps the contest would be less popular if the penguins to meet were some of the penguin ancestors, whose fossils suggest they stood six feet tall!
But this week, researchers found evidence of a whole new - and smaller - species of penguin in a Polynesian settlement in New Zealand. This relative of the yellow-eyed penguin - one of the world's rarest penguins - has probably being extinct for the last 500 years. Conservationists are working hard to ensure that history does not repeat itself for its living cousin, featured in our Friday Film.