#27: What's Happening - 2008 Things To Remember...

Now that we've moved into an exciting new year, it's easy to plow forward without looking back. But before getting too far into '09, I wanted to put time on hold for just a moment and reminisce over some of the interesting things that the Giant Ocean Tank dive staff experienced during ...

The Best of 2008

  • Sarah went to Utila in Honduras to obtain her PADI Dive Instructor's certification, and actually managed to squeeze in some time working with the Whale Shark & Oceanic Research Center. Here's a photo of a whale shark from her trip:

  • We had two successful Bahamas collecting expeditions (May and September) - where we collected under permit several hundred animals for exhibit. What's so great about these expeditions is that anyone can participate. If you want to go on the next one this Spring email Sarah at staylor@neaq.org.

  • We got a brand spanking new refrigerator in the food prep room! (This ain't no run-of-the-mill 'fridge either.)

  • We hand-delivered over 14,600 lbs. of protein (such as chopped or whole fish, shrimp, squid, clams, crabs, etc.) and produce (such as lettuce, brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, etc.) to the always hungry mouths of the tank's inhabitants.

  • We had two equally great high school interns - Oriana and Naomi.

  • We also added three new, and invaluable, folks to the ranks of the GOT volunteers - Caitlin, Armando and Jenna.

  • Topping off the people list we had two fantastic Northeastern co-ops - John and Stephany. Each one conducted over three hundred dives in the GOT.

  • We conducted 4,026 GOT dives, spending a whopping 2,632 hours underwater! (That equates to one person spending over three and a half months underwater, 24 hours a day...)

And the exciting thing is--who knows what's going to happen in 2009!


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