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Happy World Otter Day!

Today is World Otter Day. This is a day we draw attention to the plight of the world’s otters and raise awareness for their conservation needs.

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There are 13 species of otter worldwide, and they are all listed in the IUCN Red List and 12 are still declining in number.

Source: http://www.riverotterecology.org/otter-blog

Otters are very special animals. They are wonderful to watch, they are indicators of a healthy ecosystem, and at least with the Sea Otter, they shape the very environment they live in.

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How you can help:

  • Make a donation to the many otter conservation organizations
  • Support your local zoo or aquarium and watch the otters there
  • Host an otter-themed party of your own
  • Buy some lovely otter-themed goods that support otter conservation
  • Spread the word about the importance of otters

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Together, we can be the driving force that saves the otters from the threats of this world.

Source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/chelseamarshall/the-happiest-otters-of-all-time

Happy World Otter Day!

 

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Happy National Sea Monkey Day

Today is National Sea Monkey Day. I’m not making this up, those classic pets of childhood have their own celebration day.

Source: http://www.amazon.com/Schylling-Sea-Monkeys-Ocean-Zoo/dp/B001CBZXEE

In honor of this holiday, here is some history and factoids about sea monkeys:

1. Sea monkeys aren’t monkeys. According to livescience, they’re a hybrid breed of brine shrimp called Artemia NYOS.

Source: http://www.livescience.com/33907-sea-monkeys.html

2. The “inventor” of sea monkeys, Harold von Braunhut, held almost 200 patents, including the famous novelty X-Ray Specs sold in comic books. He passed away in 2003.

Source: http://karlshuker.blogspot.com/2015/06/a-short-history-of-sea-monkeys-from.html

3. Legendary comic book artist Joe Orlando played a huge role in transforming sea monkeys into must-have pets. Sea monkeys were initially called “Instant-Life” and sales weren’t great, even with a 49-cent purchase price. Orlando rebranded them, and illustrated a series of “Sea Monkeys” advertisements and a successful comic book ad campaign, launched in 1964.

Source: http://seamonkeyworship.com/index.html

4. The website for all things sea monkey-related is  seamonkeyworship.com. According to a 2003 USA Today article, it’s run by Susan Barclay, a Canadian woman who is referred to as “The Sea Monkey Lady.” Barclay is also the author of “The Ultimate Guide to Sea Monkeys.”

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea-Monkeys

5. The name “Instant-Life” seemed appropriate for the creatures since you just add water to packet dust and you get sea monkeys. Their super power is that they can survive for long periods of time in suspended animation. They hatch when you empty the packet and get them wet.

6. Sea monkeys breathe through their feet. They can also reproduce sexually or asexually.

Source: http://absolutelypointless.net/tv/weird/sillyseamonkeys.html

7. Thanks to Howie Mandel, sea monkeys once starred in a live-action TV show. “The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys” premiered on CBS in 1992 and lasted 11 episodes. “The idea came when my daughter wanted sea monkeys,” Mandel said. “All of her friends had them. And I had them as a child. I said, ‘This is great. This could be bigger than the Ninja Turtles.’ ” The premise was that a professor (played by Mandel) accidentally enlarged three sea monkeys to human size.

12. Sea monkeys aren’t a thing of the past. If you missed out when you were a kid, don’t fret. You can still buy them here.

 

Source: http://www.plusizekitten.com/2010/08/my-sea-monkey-is-pregnant.html

Happy (Sea) Monkday! :_)-~-~

 

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http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Guide-Sea-Monkeys-Susan-Barclay/dp/1931090688

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea-Monkeys

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Amazing_Live_Sea_Monkeys

http://www.amazon.com/Schylling-Sea-Monkeys-Ocean-Zoo/dp/B001CBZXEE

http://karlshuker.blogspot.com/2015/06/a-short-history-of-sea-monkeys-from.html

http://absolutelypointless.net/tv/weird/sillyseamonkeys.html

 

Happy World Penguin Day!

Today is World Penguin Day, and to celebrate, we’re traveling to Detroit, Michigan, to the Polk Penguin Conservation Center at the Detroit Zoo.

 

The 33,000-square-foot penguin center is the largest facility for penguins in the world! It features a 326,000-gallon, 25-foot-deep aquatic area where visitors can watch more than 80 penguins of four species explore their habitat. An underwater gallery and two acrylic underwater tunnels provide views as the birds swim above, around and below. The exhibit just opened on April 18th too, just in time for World Penguin Day!

 

So sit back and relax, as we enjoy this tour of the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, narrated by Detroit Zoo CEO, Ron Kagan.

Thank-you, YouTube Channel MLive for this informative video!

 

Happy World Penguin Day!

 

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Happy National Dolphin Day

Today, April 14th, is National Dolphin Day. Having gained steam in the 1990s and continuing into the present day, this holiday focuses on the worldwide plight of the dolphins.

Gatherings and awareness meetings take place in major cities across the globe. Some of largest venues include San Francisco, New York City and Tokyo. Traditionally, Dolphin Day places a particular emphasis on curtailing Japanese dolphin hunts, as these have received much publicity during the last decade. Each year, this worldwide event continues to gain a growing number of supporters. Hopefully, the near future will see a complete ban of dolphin hunting and while this holiday may no longer be needed, it will indeed be a happy ending for both the dolphins and their human advocates!

 

Now, let’s all take a trip down under, via YouTube, and watch this awe-inspiring POV video of swimming with dolphins in Kaikoura, New Zealand.

Thank-you YouTube Channel Mael Corvaisier for this dynamite dolphin video!

 

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/dolphin-day/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueFPouznDWU

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHImKrYHV2DJmcSKn-95zog

 

Thank-you Pet Shelters

Yesterday was National Pet Day. I saw so many awesome pictures and videos, read so many heartwarming stories, but one in particular caught my attention. The Animal Wellness Foundation, in Los Angeles, CA, made a video of their shelter pets, before and after they were ready to be adopted, and it really tugged at my heart strings.

So, thank-you, to all of those people who work at Pet Shelters everywhere, who make sure that little critters get the best medical and emotional attention they need, before finding their furever homes.

 

DISCLAIMER: This video contains some pets being cured of ailments. Viewer discretion is advised.

Thank-you Youtube Channel Animal Wellness Foundation for this emotional yet informative video.

 

Happy National Pet Day :-)

 

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