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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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