Monday, December 28, 2009
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The last few weeks have been filled with orca flipper field trips and adventures. My nose has become accustomed to new smells, my hands have touched pure orca flesh and my eyes have watered from the steam of flipper stew.
Up until recently CA-189's right flipper was being stored in a freezer at NOAA. Why freeze one flipper and nothing else? The reason was to have documentation of the location and arrangement of all the small bones found in the flipper. This will help greatly during articulation this spring.
Check out CA-189's right flipper x-ray and all the ladies displaying the results!
Although the bones were the main reason for the flipper freeze, it was suggested how great it would be to have documentation of the flipper itself. Measurements were taken and tracings made to document size and shape for possible future projects.
The flipper was covered with a unique variety of scratches. Many of these may have resulted from stranding, but others may have been acquired during her life. The other three AmeriCorps and I rolled up our sleeves and got down to business making a series of flipper prints.
All the flipper bones have been retrieved and are currently in the process of being cleaned.
Good-bye right flipper. Our time together has been smelly, messy and cold, but never greeted without a smile.
Here's to what's next,
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Hooded nudibranchs (Melibe leonia) have been popular around our dock the last few months. Also known as 'lion nudibranch' because of its mane-like feeding apparatus. Its hood is used as a feeding tool, embracing its prey like a net, catching small shrimp or crabs. They produce a sweet watermelon smell when taken out of the water!
Check out the video below to watch how they move. Its like a beautiful dance through the ocean.
Thanks for reading!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Here is a video of a brine shrimp also known as "sea -monkeys." Here at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center brine shrimp is for breakfast lunch and dinner for our babies!
Enjoy the fun videos of the babies!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Keeping an eye on the eggs
You can come see these cute fish and all our other animals December 26th and 27th and January 2nd and 3rd.