Monthly Archives: February 2010

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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But where do the fish come from?

Since the upcoming water gallery has 3 aquaria featuring live creatures, you might be wondering where they all come from!  For the freshwater aquarium, staff members go out on fishing expeditions right here in Ottawa.  Most recently they went to … Continue reading

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Hungry much?

Up until now all the action in the water gallery has been in the freshwater tank. I know the exhibit designers, builders and animal care specialists might not agree with me – they’ve been furiously planning behind the scenes! But, … Continue reading

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Water Gallery Diorama gets prepped!

There will be much more to the water gallery than the specimens; another component to the exhibit will be the Hydro-Thermal Vent Diorama.  Hydro-Thermal Vents are found deep down in the depths of the ocean, and the new water gallery … Continue reading

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Getting Specimens Prepared for Display!

The Collections Department is hard at work getting close to 120 specimens prepared for display in the Water Gallery.  The specimens, which will include Whale Tape Worms, A Squid Tentacle, Starfish, Jellyfish and Urchins, among many others, will all be … Continue reading

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