Monthly Archives: March 2010

Tallulah is here, what’s next?

Since Tallulah is the largest component in the new water gallery it was important to get her into place first, and then move on to installing all the other sections of the exhibit around her. Although she was the largest … 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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Assembling the whale puzzle begins!

Now that all of Tallulah’s parts have been safely moved into the Water Gallery, it’s time to start setting her up!  The first stages have gone relatively smoothly, just a few little technical difficulties with some of the equipment, but … Continue reading

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Our Six-Legged Neighbours

There is a famous religious reference that intersects with natural history. The British geneticist J. B. S. Haldane was asked by clerics what his studies on nature told him about God. He replied that, “the Creator seemed to have an … 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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Do you smell something?

It’s no secret that Tallulah has a bit of a body odour problem. Despite multiple treatments to try and prevent this from happening, Tallulah’s bones continue to leak oil because of the high amount of fat concentration found in whales. … Continue reading

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Tallulah moves in

The process of moving Tallulah, the 65 foot blue whale that will go on display in the new Water Gallery, is complete and went off without a hitch! The move itself was contracted out to a professional moving company to … Continue reading

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The Undead

There are times when real life imitates fiction. That might be the case with mineralogy and vampires. Vampires are undead fiction, even though volumes of popular media try to convince us otherwise. Mineralogy is the real-life version of the undead. … Continue reading

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