Like to keep things tidy? The bluespotted jawfish can relate! This colorful fish keeps busy digging, building and remodeling its den, using its mouth to shovel and arrange sand and bits of coral. Now if you don’t mind, it really must get back to work.
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.
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.