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Happy New Year! Today on Deep Sea Diary, we review the blog’s “troutstanding” year.

 

June

Deep Sea Diary launched in June, with a celebration of World Ocean’s Day. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada cleaned the shores of Lake Ontario, and discussed the effects of plastic pollution on aquatic ecosytems, specifically their impact on the Great Lakes. Our Senior Aquarist, Kat, also discussed what and how we feed some of the animals that call the Aquarium home. We rounded out the month by introducing our new monthly Q&A feature called Drop Us a Line, where we ask Deep Sea Diary readers to submit their burning Aquarium questions to potentially be featured the last Thursday of each month.

ripley's aquarium shoreline cleanup

 

July

Each June, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada takes part in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, helping clean the Lake Ontario shoreline at the mouth of the Humber River. In this post, we shared the results from our cleanup. How we take care of the sharks is one of the most common questions we receive from guests. So, you asked and we answered! One of our Aquarists, Carmen, explained exactly how we feed the animals in the Dangerous Lagoon, our largest tank in the Aquarium. A lot goes into maintaining the tanks and making sure the fish are happy and healthy here at the Aquarium. Aquarist Kevin discussed a day in the life of an Aquarium scuba diver.

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August

August was Water Quality Awareness month, and since we take water quality seriously around here Aquarist Dave shared how we maintain the quality of the water at the Aquarium. Educator Katelyn gave us a peak at life in the harsh environment of the intertidal zone, Photo Port shared their best tips for hooking the perfect photograph at the aquarium and we dove into the Dangerous Lagoon with our Discovery Dive program.

 

September

In September, we went back to school and learned all about the importance and purpose of schooling behaviour and how we care for the jellies that call the Aquarium home. Finally, we dove into what is means to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and why it is such an honour for Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada to be a part of this community.

October

In the fall, we celebrate Coastal Cleanup Day with a shoreline cleanup along Lake Ontario and the Humber Marshes. We then turned our attention to the water, where we celebrated the endangered sawfish on International Sawfish Day.

 

November

In November, we celebrated World Jellyfish Day with an interview with Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada’s very own “Jelly Man”, Aquarist Eric. We discussed how you can do your part to keep our oceans happy and healthy and how we play our part maintaining the water in the Aquarium. For Share Your Unique Talent Day at the end of the month, we hosted “Ripley’s Got Talent” where a handful of our animals competed for the coveted title of “Ripley’s Most Talented Animal”.

 

December

We rounded out the year with an alien invasion, talking about the beautiful, but invasive, lionfish. To get in the holiday spirit, we shared Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada’s Gift Guide and how you can do your part to help the environment by going green during the holiday season.

 

What would you like to see on Deep Sea Diary in 2018? Comment below, we’d love to hear!

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