BOO (or shall we say Bel-UGA) We’re Back!

Filed Under (Aquariums, Special Events, Whales) by Alexa & Cindy on 21-01-2010

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Happy 2010, ocean lovers!

We’ve been away too long, and have missed everyone in the ocean blogging community. But new year, new blog and we’re ready to get splashing again!

Alexa has a thing for Belugas. So, naturally, when we found out that Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium is about to introduce their Beluga calf to the world this Sunday, January 24th, at Shedd’s new Oceanarium, (which we visited the day it opened last May) we had to share.

The five-foot four, 185-pound calf, the fifth successful Beluga birth for the Shedd, was born to Pujii (poo-EE-jee) on December 14.  He meets his public this Sunday, and will continue bonding with Mom, nursing and interacting with “roomies” Naya, Mauyak and Shedd’s 24-hour marine mammal team for everyone to see.

Starting TODAY through March 12, visit the Shedd website (above) for a special coupon to bring your babies to meet this baby and get one free child pass with the purchase of an adult pass to the Shedd.

Witness his entry into the world, aka birth,  here:

Let us know if you go! He’ll be in the water waiting for you Sunday at Noon CST in the “Icy North” in Shedd’s Oceanarium. Send us your baby Beluga pics and we’ll post them up here.

And be sure to follow his baby Beluga steps on Shedd’s interactive animal page.

Up next: get crazy with us tomorrow for a very exciting Freaky Fish Friday. You won’t be disappointed (even if you don’t know Japanese)!

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World Seaturtle Day

Filed Under (Aquariums, Road Trip, sea turtles) by Alexa & Cindy on 16-06-2009

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Happy World Seaturtle Day from O4E!

We could draft a novel on seaturtles, but we think our friend Allie over at Oh, for the Love of Science! does it up right today, so we’re going to serve you something fun and let her take it from there.

First, check out Alexa’s footage of this gorgeous green gal from our Aquarium Road Trip #2, then head on over for the best-condensed dose of seaturtle conservation information on the web today right here at OH!

Stay tuned for more from our Aquarium Road Trip to Chicago for the grand opening of the Shedd’s ($50M) Oceanarium!

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Sea Turtle Friday, part one – elegant, gravely endangered.

Filed Under (Aquariums, conservation, sea turtles) by Alexa & Cindy on 24-04-2009

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They’re not freaky, they’re graceful, almost mesmerizing to watch glide through the water.

They look old and wise.

And patient, like seasoned survivors.

But time may be running out for sea turtles.

O4E wants you to consider getting behind sea turtles and their future on earth. Who wants the world’s oldest surviving creature to die off by human hands?

We recently spent some time watching, and waiting, at the Tennessee Aquarium. Just a glimpse was all we wanted.

Watch how Stewie rewarded our patience, and catch our message.

Already know all about sea turtles, you say?

Then put it to the test and take eleven year-old Casey Sokolovic’s sea turtle quiz. Hint: save your answers, because there may be a CONTEST coming on…and OK, maybe we helped you out on one of the answers. ;)

The LAST (Love A Sea Turtle) Quiz
1. What is the biggest threat for sea turtles?

A. Jellyfish
B. Humans
C. Fish

2.Out of the seven species of sea turtles, how
many are found along the East Coast/Atlantic Ocean?

A. 3
B. 4
C. 5

3.What is the largest type of sea turtle?

A. Leatherback
B. Loggerhead
C. Hawksbill

4. How long can sea turtles live?

A. 35-40 years
B. 65-70+ years
C. 10-15 years

5. Where do sea turtles lay their eggs?

A. In the sand
B. In the ocean
C. In an egg sack

It’s OK if you were nervous, we were, too.

Coming up: ways to learn about, and ways to help sea turtles – “on location” in their habitat, and from your own home.

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