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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Scute, our Kemp's ridley sea turtle made several trips to the radiology department of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University for MRIs. Happy to report she's doing fine.
- We got a brand spanking new refrigerator in the food prep room! (This ain't no run-of-the-mill 'fridge either.)
- The television program Aquakids shot two episodes of their show with us divers. Here's some YouTube videos of Aquakids doing interviews in the penguin exhibit, the Animal Medical Center and talking to Greg Stone about sustainable seafood.
- Chris was featured in a very entertaining Boston Globe article, and accompanying video piece, entitled "Odd Jobs: Shark Bait".
- 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 added 274 new fish into the exhibit, including a parrotfish.
- We had three great college diving interns - Christine, Cara and Sam.
- 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!