Author Archives: Jennifer Lee Mason

Small World, Teeny Dolphin

As soon as she saw it, Jennifer-Lee Mason wanted to say “Awww… I want one”. Apparently the diminutive Hector’s dolphin—it’s a bit larger than a dog—is not without its charms. Continue reading

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Tū Hononga’s Journey

Getting a whale skull and other oversized items into the museum and up four floors was an unprecedented undertaking that required ingenuity and expertise. Continue reading

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State of Blitz

How do slug slime and pizza go together? Jennifer’s four tips for cleaning the castle dish it up. Continue reading

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Sloth: My Favourite Extreme Mammal

For Jennifer-Lee Mason, the laid-back lifestyle of sloths is very appealing. Continue reading

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Awe Inspiring

Following thousands of hours of labour, design and toil…Tallulah is complete. And she is MAGNIFICENT!)

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Surprise!Surprise!

The animal care technician had a wonderful surprise recently! While caring for our friends in the freshwater aquarium, she found eggs on the predatory side of the tank (see previous posts about how the freshwater tank is divided). Further great … Continue reading

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Allow me to introduce…

The Pacific Aquarium will be a prominent feature of the Water Gallery–the first thing visitors will see upon entering the gallery.  CMN’s exhibition technicians have been caring for and grooming the amazing and beautiful creatures for years, while the gallery … Continue reading

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Captured Fugitive Returned

You may remember this juvenile Largemouth Bass from an earlier post…he had been found on the “small game” side of the freshwater aquarium, eating the bait fish (in this case an Emerald Shiner). You see, in order to demonstrate a … Continue reading

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Racing against the melting ice!

The museum staffers are venturing out onto the ice to catch some more fish species for the large tank. These species, including pickerel and sauger, swim deeper in waters and are harder to catch during the summer using nets. But … Continue reading

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Tallulah gets ready…

The highlight of the upcoming water gallery is undoubtedly Tallulah, the 65 foot blue whale.  I went to visit her (well, parts of her!) in the labs this week to see how preparation for moving her into the gallery is … Continue reading

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