New Meetup: Penguin Presentations and Seal Training at the New England Aquarium

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 10:18 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Penguin Presentations and Seal Training at the New England Aquarium

When: March 22,[masked]:30 AM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Whenever I go to the New England Aquarium, I always miss the free lectures they give, and I end up wandering aimlessly around -- which is fun, don't get me wrong, but I really want to see the presentations. I've listed some of the presentations I want to see below. Let's meet up in front of the Aquarium and head in to get tickets at 10:30 am. After, let's grab lunch at the food court in Faneuil Hall.

Price: $19.95 ( Free for Members ).

Schedule of Daily Aquarium Presentations and Shows:
http://www.neaq.org/visit_planning/tours_and_programs/presentations_and_shows/index.php

10:45 am: Live animal presentations
11:05 am: Penguin presentations
11:45 am: Harbor seal training sessions
12:15 pm: Giant Ocean Tank talk

... the Penguin feedings are at 9 AM and 2:30 pm. Periodically you will also see divers swimming in the ocean tank hand feeding fish, and hopefully not feeding fish their hand.

Live Animal Presentations:
"Live Animal Presentations bring you face-to-face with some of the most fascinating--and sometimes, frightening--members of the world of water. As our educators teach you about the animal and its behavior, you'll understand why you have nothing to fear". I love live animal presentations because dead animal presentations aren't much fun.

Penguin Presentations:
"Learn more about everyone's favorite swimming birds during live presentations in our 150,000 gallon penguin exhibit. Our experts will teach you about each of our three different species of penguins, including where they live in the wild, what they eat and the conservation issues facing these feathered friends".

Harbor Seals:
"Come out to the front plaza to watch our family of fun harbor seals as they interact with our trainers. They can wave, give kisses, greet you with a friendly 'hello!' and even get their teeth brushed. See how these animals respond to cues, and learn just how smart they are".

Giant Ocean Tank Talk:
"These talks, held at the top of the Giant Ocean Tank, will introduce you to the sea turtles, sharks, barracuda and other creatures that live in this enormous four-story tank. You'll learn how the coral reef was created, how the Aquarium cares for the animals within it and the exhibit itself, and why the sharks don't eat their fellow Giant Ocean Tank inhabitants". They also have a Webcam set up in the tank, sponsored by Earthcam. [ LINK: http://www.neaq.org/education_and_activities/blogs_webcams_videos_and_more/webcams/giant_ocean_tank_webcam/index.php ]

Turtles Uncovered: Get Beneath the Shell:
http://www.neaq.org/animals_and_exhibits/exhibits/whats_new_and_coming_soon/turtles/

"This winter, the Aquarium is your gateway into the world of turtles! Plan your visit today and come walk the turtle trail featuring six stops around the Aquarium with live turtles. Learn turtle facts and stamp your turtle passport. Visitors can also see live animal presentations and visit the Aquarium Medical Center to learn how the Aquarium rehabilitates sick and wounded turtles".

Membership of the New England Aquarium:
http://www.neaq.org/get_involved/memberships/levels_of_membership.php

Associate Member: $75.00. "Free unlimited admission for you and a guest". Yeah, I can picture going a few times in the next year, so this might be worth it to me.

Where to Meet:
T.J. Maher will be watching the seals in the seal tank, mesmerized, outside the aquarium starting around 10:00 am. T.J. is 5 foot 7, with short brown hair, blue eyes, a "Hello My Name is T.J." nametag, and a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag.

Visitors Guide ( in Adobe Acrobat format ): http://www.neaq.org/documents/visit_planning/daily_schedule.pdf

Maps, Directions, and Parking: http://www.neaq.org/visit_planning/maps_directions_and_parking/index.php

About New England Aquarium ( Wikipedia )
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_England_Aquarium

"The New England Aquarium, in Boston, Massachusetts, is one of the most prominent and popular public aquariums in the United States. Founded in 1969 on the city's waterfront, it is considered one of the first modern public aquariums and is credited with revolutionizing the modern aquarium experience for visitors through its emphasis on a more natural setting for aquatic life".

"Vintage" Commercial from the 1970s: "I ... can walk ... like a pen... guin!" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddBt5p-Uqew

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/NerdFunBoston/calendar/9980117/

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