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  •  We couldn't get close to the otter exhibit (11+ / 0-)

    That might be the most popular of the whole aquarium.

    We had to go to the second floor to try to get a glimpse of the cutest little guys in the world.

    They interact, the little stars. Unlike the octopus, who really wants to be left alone. Poor thing, cramming itself into the darkest corner of his exhibit. Sad.

    •  They are notoriously shy and reclusive (8+ / 0-)

      All the other creatures there -- otters, turtles, penguins, birds, and even the larger fish -- seem to either not notice or care that they're captive.

      Not so with the octopuses, and that makes me sad, too.

      It is why I rarely visit zoos. Primates and big cats especially seem to be aware that they're prisoners.

      If we are going to live at the speed of code, we need to remember the stillness of eternity. -- dharmasyd

      by Darryl House on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 09:31:03 AM PDT

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      •  oh, please read my comment about my favorite (4+ / 0-)

        octopus for years - and her ultimate release!

        the little dwarfs are amazing - (small tank in a cul de sac before the large tank) - i have watched them "fight" over the best hiding hole but the most amazing thing was the day one little dwarf was "standing" quietly until one of the other fish swam by in the exhibit and "WHOOSH!" - no more fish.

        when i asked the staff if they "fed" the dwarfs at a certain time, he was horrified that one of the exhibit had "eaten" the other part of the exhibit - he said they were very well fed and that should NOT have happened!

        then he told me about the time they were working on the tanks and had the giant octopus in a holding tank.  they couldn't figure out where the other fish being held in the back were going - disappearing - until they set up a camera and saw the octopus deftly remove her lid and slid over for a midnight snack from the other tank.

        they are highly intelligent - and while seeing them in captivity is very hard, it DOES make people aware of our own influence on their environment.  whether it be warming of the ocean temperatures, plastic islands or toxic chemicals - if this is a way to bring awareness to the population that we are not living in an isolated bubble from the other creatures in our world, then it may be worth it.

        what i like about monterey bay aquarium, they will release the "visitors" in the exhibits after a short while if those creatures can survive.  many of the exhibits (like the otters) come from situations where they cannot be rehabilitated to return to the open ocean.  

        this is one of the most responsible organizations i know of - when a great white shark was caught and brought to the exhibit - she was only on display for several months, then she was released back into the ocean.

        here's more information on the aquarium and their mission.

        EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

        by edrie on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 03:05:31 PM PDT

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    •  that's probably because it was just reopened (4+ / 0-)

      after renovation.  it was getting somewhat worn so the otters have been off exhibition until they could redo their habitat.

      but never fear, the otters are available for view from afar any day on the otter webcam here from 7am to 7pm every day!  enjoy!

      EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

      by edrie on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 02:57:12 PM PDT

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