March 14, 1999 |
Far beneath the Pacific Ocean's surface, in a world devoid of sunlight, the poisonous tentacles of a light pink mushroom soft coral close in on a meal, and a translucent eelpout hides from predators by curling up its body. Not long ago, observing such deep-sea creatures in action had been the privilege of a select few researchers and biologists.
April 5, 2005 |
The white shark that drew crowds to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for 6 1/2 months set a record for surviving in captivity before being released Thursday. Now officials are starting to reflect on the lessons learned from their ability to keep one of the ocean's biggest and wildest creatures in a tank. "The main reason for their success was the planned methodical approach to getting her here," says Jon Hoech, general curator at the aquarium.
October 5, 1987 |
Barbara and Cruz Rodriguez didn't buy goldfish just for fish bowls. The aquarium enthusiasts bought them a hundred at a time to feed the sharks, octopus and eels in a six-foot-long saltwater fish tank at their Riverside home. "It got to the point where they were eating better than we were," said Barbara, an orthodontic assistant.
June 29, 1993 |
When patients come to dentist Ken Bonner, they are treated in surroundings designed to keep stress levels low. TV monitors are mounted on the ceiling above treatment chairs, and stereo headphones are available. Perhaps the most soothing feature in his Newport Beach office, however, is a pair of 75-gallon saltwater aquariums stocked with fish in shades of neon, pinkish brown and coral. "I emphasize low stress, pain-free dentistry," Bonner said.
November 12, 1991 |
For seven years, Richard O'Barry trained captive dolphins to perform as leaping acrobats and aquatic clowns, and in the 20 years since he has been trying to make amends. "I helped create a billion-dollar industry for what I call these abusement parks," he says. "I'm definitely operating from guilt."
May 8, 2005 |
Being a scuba diver in Colorado, like a skier in Hawaii, can be frustrating. There's no saltwater here, the fresh water is cold and the fish tend more toward dull-eyed carp than flashy tuna. Yet some divers have found a loophole in geography, a way to drift in tropical seas without ever leaving Denver. The catch? They must scrub and vacuum while making nice with sharks, barracuda and sawfish lingering over their shoulders at the city aquarium.
July 3, 1991 |
The bride wore white fins and carried a bouquet of lettuce and broccoli. She swam past the barracuda and angelfish and joined the groom and minister in the giant fish tank at the National Aquarium here. The bride and groom, Abbe Click and John Harman, became the first people married underwater at the aquarium--and the last, say aquarium officials. Click and Harman took the plunge Friday night.
August 9, 2002 |
Officials at the Aquarium of the Americas on Thursday were investigating what caused a catwalk to collapse and dump 10 visitors, including four children, into a shark tank. It took 15 minutes Wednesday night to get them all out of the water. No one was seriously hurt. One of the onlookers, 8-year-old Amanda Kruse, said most of the sharks scattered, but she saw one cruising underneath the panicked guests. "Its lips were peeled back and its teeth were showing," Amanda said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1997 |
Let's say you want to build a natural-looking habitat for sea lions, sharks and other fish at the mouth of the Los Angeles River. Don't laugh. The Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific is doing it. So, whom to call? Certainly not Mother Nature. She got the brushoff in this heavily industrialized area years ago. Long Beach decided to grab Tucson's Larson Co., the people who re-create tropical rain forests, coral reefs, polar ice caps and desert ecosystems in places like the Bronx, N.Y.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1994 |
The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium could be called the halibut of the aquarium world. An unassuming, Average Joe of a fish, the halibut in its ocean habitat is unobtrusive, often lying quietly on the ocean floor, camouflaged by sand, while fish such as the garibaldi and blue-banded goby use their bright, colorful bodies to advertise their presence. The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro has maintained a similarly low-profile, albeit successful, existence for nearly 60 years.