Saturday, April 27, 2013

Here's to You, Marine Life Lovers

As a kid I appreciated animal science, but never really got behind it. Especially when high school biology came a long; then we became arch enemies. In elementary school I enjoyed making clay polar bears and learning about the layers of the ocean, but it gets fuzzy after that. That's why it's so ironic that I now teach marine biology to people everyday at a marine life park.

Now, it's no secret that I love kids, especially kids that are passionate about learning and can even teach me a few things about aquatic animals. Seriously, though, they usually know more than me. Whether it be where random species of penguin are found, or odd facts about shark poop, these kids know their stuff! And they even have awesome jokes to back up their facts.

I explained to a family group that the dolphins at our park eat a variety of fish, including herring and capelin. No sooner than finishing my sentence, the little girl's hand shot up and she declared that she wanted to share a joke. Here it goes:

Her: Why couldn't the fish hear?

Me: *serious thought* Hmmm, I don't know. Why?

Her: Because he needed a herring aid.

It makes me so proud!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Connections to the Animal Kingdom

I have the joy of leading a variety of animal tours and interactions at my job. One such tour involves sea lions, seals and occasionally walruses and otters. Oh, and it always includes entertaining kids.

Boy: What kind of otters do you have?

Trainer: We have Asian otters.

Boy: (To mom) YOU'RE ASIAN! *Light bulb illuminates over head* And I'm half Asian!