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Dolphin Island Aquarium Accredited by Zoo Association

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Resort World Sentosa (RWS) aquarium located in Singapore got the accreditation of Association of Zoos and Aquarium. As Dolphin Island aquarium met highest standards, they are ranked among the best aquariums in the world. This unique distinction reaffirms the significance of Dolphin Island marine exhibition center as a leader in the conservation of wildlife. Marine education, conservation, research and animal wellbeing tops the priority list of Dolphin aquarium. Few institutions outside USA got the accreditation of Association of Zoos and Dolphin Island is prominent among them. Aquarium authorities of Dolphin plan to inspire and attract more visitors. RWS aquarium’s initiatives in veterinary programs, animal safety, conservation and animal care helped them bag accreditation of Zoo Association. Meanwhile, zoo association accreditation received harsh criticism especially from Animal Concerns Research and Education Society.
Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization which is the accreditation body for zoos and aquariums in USA and other six countries. Dolphin aquarium and SEA aquarium are the first two marine centers from Singapore who received this unique laurel. Travel website Trip Advisor ranked Dolphin Island as one of the best aquariums in Asian continent. RWS consists of Universal Studios Theme Park, Marine Life Park, and Adventure Cove Water Park. It is owned by Genting Singapore, a subsidiary of Genting Group.
Via [Channel News Asia]

Vancouver Aquarium and NOAA Works Together on a Whale Research Project

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Vancouver Aquarium are working together on a research project associated with development of a drone to study killer whales. It allows scientists to monitor and assist in the recovery of West Coast’s killer whales. New drone developed by NOAA and Vancouver aquarium scientists is named as hexacopter. It is the first time that a hexacopter is used in killer whale field research and its advantages are plenty. Information about the health conditions of a whale can be obtained from hexacopter. Lance Barrett Lennard, Senior Marine Mammal Scientist at the Vancouver aquarium said in a press release, “We can determine much more about a whale’s health and condition from above than we can from water surface level.”
Drone will give accurate information regarding habits and lives of killer whales. Vancouver aquarium recently released a fantastic aerial video of whales moving through water. Scientists at Vancouver are trying to figure out how killer whales survive without enough food. Chinook salmon is the major food item eaten by killer whale, according to aquarium officials. New method worked well wonderfully with marine species at Vancouver marine exhibit. A Vancouver aquarium official concludes in a blog post, “We saw fish chases, youngsters playing, great deal of touching and social behavior within family groups, killer whales and dolphins swimming together peacefully and much more”.
Via [Weather.com]

Bichir Fish for Display at Cheshire Oaks

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A rare variety of marine species named Bichir fish is now on display at Cheshire Oaks. They are often described as “living fossils” because of their resemblance to ancient amphibians. Blue planet aquarium at Cheshire Oaks features seven fascinating varieties of Bichir fish. They are capable of surviving indefinitely out of water and can adapt fins to walk on land. These freshwater species are mainly found in Congo basin area of central Africa. It is learnt that all these seven Bichir fish varieties will be kept in quarantine before going on public display. Blue Planet aquarium officials say, “We have been donated two barred bichir, a Senegal bichir, and four ornate bichir. Ornate bichir are the largest species and can grow up to sixty centimeter in length”.
Bichir fish are sometimes known as dragon fish due to their unusual appearance. Their skin looks like armor and it looks like armor worn by police or military officers. Recent research conducted by a Canadian scientist provided vital information regarding the way amphibians changed from aquatic environment. It was carried out by keeping the fish in a very shallow pool of water from a young age. The result showed that the fish kept out of water was able to adapt and strengthen bones. Staff members at Cheshire Oaks aquarium are delighted to welcome these fish species.
Via [Chester Chronicle]

Large Size Ocean Tank Installed in Auburn Hills Aquarium

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A large size ocean tank will be installed soon in an Auburns hills aquarium. Sea Life Michigan features a 35000 square foot indoor aquarium and countdown for indoor aquarium has just begun. Thousands of visitors are expected to visit this amazing facility offered in Auburn hills aquarium. Auburn hills marine exhibit features more than five thousand varieties of species including the one and only puffer fish shark. Interactive and engaging aquarium environment at Auburn hills attract more visitors. Newly installed ocean tank will serve as a crowd puller element as far as Auburn marine center is concerned. In a press release, Sea Life Michigan said that this will be the 7th center of its kind in the United States of America.
Visitors of Auburn hills aquarium are really passionate about themed exhibits offered here. As per information available from Auburn aquatic center authorities, it will open in the spring of 2015. It will be the 42nd largest marine aquarium in the world. Sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, and sea horses are the amazing appeals of this well famous aquarium. Large size ocean tank will keep the legacy of Auburn hills aquarium as a provider of amazing, breathtaking and educational marine experience unbroken. 180 degree underwater tunnel and touch pool are other spectacular attractions of Auburn hills aquatic center apart from large ocean tank.
Via [Minbc news]

Shakeup in Birch Aquarium Administration

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Birch aquarium in La Jolla has appointed its second interim manager in less than six months. Officials of the aquarium announced that Deborah Zmarzly will serve as the new executive director. UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography controlled La Jolla marine exhibition center has started to implement major shakeup in administration. The organization is in a mission to find permanent replacement for Nigella Hillgarth, who left the aquarium to join New England Aquarium. Official version is that current executive director left the aquarium to pursue other opportunities. Although Steven Schindler had taken over the charge from Nigella Hillgarth, he too left the organization very soon. Scripps didn’t mention Schindler’s departure in the press release announced Zmarzly’s appointment.
Mr Steven Schindler was not available for comment, when contacted. He had previously served as senior vice president and chief marketing officer of National Aquarium in Baltimore. Director of Scripps Margaret Leinen had praised Schindler. According to her, Mr Steven Schindler is highly qualified for the job and his tenure will mark a remarkable era in this history of Birch aquarium. With Steven, the man who likes to lead organization from the front at the helm, Birch aquarium will definitely scale new heights of prominence.
Via [UT San Diego]

Baby Turtles Hatch at Baltimore Aquarium

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Baltimore National Aquarium has got some new guests as four Amazon River turtles hatched here. It is pointed out that Baltimore aquarium achieved a rare distinction through turtle breeding program. This specific event will give valuable inputs about incubation techniques of marine creatures. Staff members of Baltimore National Aquarium and its visitors are excited to welcome Amazon River turtles. During the previous month of May, employees of Baltimore aquarium had noticed that a big headed turtle had buried eggs in the soil of Amazon forest exhibit. These eggs were transferred into an incubator and aquarium staff carefully monitored them. Newly hatched turtles are natives of Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and French Guiana respectively. Fish, crickets and earthworms are the main diet of turtles stationed at Baltimore.
Baby turtles of National aquarium were born after hundred day incubation period. “We believe we are the first to breed them actually in the country”, says a Baltimore aquarium official. It is doubtful that this new breed of Amazon River turtles exists in any marine exhibit of the world. As available information about Amazon turtles is very limited, recently bred turtles will give an impetus to learn more about this rare species. River turtles are extremely good at eating nuts and fruits. Hatching of turtles turned out to be a great surprise for aquarium officials and general public of Baltimore.
Via [Baltimore Sun]

Ultrasound Scan Reveals Pregnancy of Whale located at Georgia Aquarium

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On October 22, Georgia aquarium announced that one of their biggest beluga whales is pregnant. Their Twenty year old whale Maris is expected to give birth in the spring of upcoming year. Offspring at the previous pregnancy of Maris had died due to adverse medical condition. She is in good physical condition now and it is expected that her second delivery will be successful. Pregnancy of marine creatures is a delicate process with no risk and it is the same for beluga whale too. As there are only thirty five beluga whales in North America, marine scientist community welcome this news with delight. Georgia aquarium officials are preparing Maris for delivery and they provide best care to her.
State of the art prenatal care facility, veterinary exams, and ultrasound scan will ensure health of Maris and her calf. WSB TV based in Atlanta had first released news about pregnancy of Beluga whale at Georgia marine exhibition center. Although first baby of Beluga whale had died immediately after delivery, Maris had demonstrated strong maternal behavior during her first pregnancy. Chief veterinary officer of Georgia aquarium is really optimistic about beluga whale second birth. Gestation period for belugas is 14-15 months and Maris is due in next April or May. Beluga animal exchange programs maximize the chances of a successful breeding program and it proved successful in the case of Maris too.
Via [Abc7]

Divers at South Carolina Aquarium Plan to Carve Pumpkin Underwater

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Divers at South Carolina Aquarium plans to carve 110 pound pumpkin from its giant ocean tank. They had carved several small pumpkins in the previous years. This incident added glory to the recently concluded Halloween festival at SC aquarium. According to aquarium spokesperson, carving of a typical pumpkin of large size takes about thirty minutes. Divers will be able to speak to visitors watching from outside the tank. Underwater pumpkin carving contest became talk of the town in many parts of South Carolina. It became an unforgettable and lovely experience for both divers as well as aquarium visitors. The pumpkin was adorned with two bonnet head sharks and Aquarium logo. Halloween themed dive show left indelible footprints in the minds of thousands of people gathered at SC Aquarium.
Aquarium official Kate Dittloff says, “The underwater carving acts as a form of enrichment for the animals that live in the tank, offering visual stimulation and something new in their environment”. The next massive underwater carving experience will take place on October 31st. Pumpkin demonstration is included with general admission to the South Carolina aquarium. 110 pound pumpkin was provided by Legare Farms based in Charleston. More information about underwater pumpkin fest can be obtained from South Carolina aquarium website http://www.scaquarium.org/.
Via [Aiken Standard]

Animal Training Expert Ken Ramirez Leaves Shedd Aquarium

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Ken Ramirez, Executive Vice President (Animal Care and Training), Shedd aquarium leaves his present organization. It is learnt that Ken is going to join a positive reinforcement animal training organization. Although Ramirez leaves his full time job at Shedd aquarium, he will continue to serve as a consultant. Ken took charge as Chief Training Officer and Executive Vice President of Karen Pryor Clicker Training on previous Wednesday. Mr Ramirez is leaving the organization which was his employer for the previous twenty five years. He is a well known figure in aquarium industry circles of Chicago city. Ramirez had spearheaded initiatives such as marine mammal program and training program at Shedd aquarium. He is a pioneer in animal care issues and beluga whale breeding program.
As an expert on animal training, Ramirez leads teaching classes and seminars. Shedd aquarium president testifies that Ken is a sincere and hardworking individual who keeps love and passion for animals. Tim Binder, an ex Georgia aquarium official will replace Ken Ramirez. As Ramirez bids adieu to Shedd aquarium, the organization loses an icon and their most frequent public face. It is perceived that he will continue his professional success saga in new capacity as Chief Training Officer, Karen Pryor Clicker Training. Karen Pryor is a Boston based company which specializes in marker based positive reinforcement training. In his career spanning about three decades, Ken left remarkable impression in each and every position he held.
Via [Chicago Tribune]

Central Garden Rejects Acquisition Offer

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Central Garden Pet Company, a prominent pet product manufacturer, rebuffed the Harbinger group from buying Walnut Creek. Stock buyout bid of Harbinger has been unanimously rejected by Director Board of Central Garden Pet Company. “While we appreciate Harbinger’s interest in central, we believe the proposals do not reflect central’s future growth opportunities. Our board and management believe that Central is taking the right steps to improve our business and generate superior revenue and profitability growth”, said John Ranelli, President of Central Garden Pet Company. Central Garden Director Board came to the conclusion after months of deliberations with Lazard, a financial advisory and asset management organization. The organization received legal advice from New York based attorney Cravath, Swaine, and Moore LLP.
It is expected that these initiatives will retain the position of Central Garden Pet Company as a market leader of pet products. They had plans of acquiring pet segment of Walnut Creek, a California based business conglomerate. As per latest reports, Central Garden shares closed at $6.61 while the previous year closed at $12.43. Their bid for all of the company’s shares at $10 a share-$2.16 more per share than per share value at the time-or its offer to acquire pet segment for $750 million dollar has been rejected.

Via [Pet Product News]