Posted by Aaron on March 03, 2003 at 10:44:04:
In Reply to: Aqarium of the Pacific posted by DougD on March 02, 2003 at 00:46:25:
Things must have changed dramatically since I was there just last year (for diverís day). I thought the exhibits were great. I especially liked the focus on local critters.
I took my grandmother up there because itís one of the few places where she might be able to see these animals live and in as natural a setting as is possible. As for touching the animals, I think thatís great and Iíd like to see more animals in the touch pools. Certainly being touched will have some negative impact on the animals, but this is far outweighed by the experience people can have by actually feeling the animal. The sea lion exhibit was great too--try explaining to a non diver how graceful a sea lion can be in the water. Also, when I was there, they were hand feeding the rays in one of the big tanksóapparently the rays canít get to the food before the other fish without someone feeding them by handóthis is great fun to see if you havenít been to the Caymanís.
As diverís we are sometimes spoiled by being able to experience many of these things in the open water, but for many, seeing these things in an aquarium is the best they can hope for. We ought to be thankful that we have a resource like the AOP and the volunteers/contributors who keep it running.
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