aquarium life

ATTENTION WORLD: Tapping on the window will NOT make the sea turtle come over to you

Pro tip: It also doesn’t work for sharks, fish, stingrays, or any other animal at a zoo or aquarium. Please stop pestering my animals.

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Why did the syngnathid go to the doctor? Because it was a little seahorse! 😂😑

Pacific seahorses are members of the Syngnathidae—or “fused jaw"—fish family. With a tilt of the head, their straw-like mouth vacuums up prey, leaving only a plume of oily leftovers to escape from their gill flaps.

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Since it’s on our social media pages, I can finally tell y'all this story.

Last week, our little Pokey butt helped save a life! The vet from the marine science center just south of us had a sick kemp’s ridley being rehabilitated that needed a blood transfusion, and we were able to help out! Though Pokey has a shoulder disease that impacts his ability to survive in the ocean, he is otherwise a healthy turtle. The donation of his blood helped the sick animal recover, and the staff is hopeful for a full recovery and release of the turtle.

I feel so privileged to have been a part of this. The turtle I care for every day helped save the life of another endangered turtle like himself! This incredibly tangible aspect of species conservation was a huge reminder of why I love my job and why I do the things I do. This right here is what zoos and aquariums are all about. Together we are an awesome, awesome force for good.