Save Our Seabirds Center which is also on the grounds of the Mote Aquarium in Sarasota. For an additional 5.00, you can see what this wonderful organization is doing to rehabilitate wild birds and shorebirds....Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release injured birds, educate the public about how we humans have impact on wild birds, and provide training for wildlife that have been injured by oil spills. It's a very cool place with a bird hospital in the middle of it.
As Sparky was exploring the premises, an egret or heron, not sure which, was ambling out the side door of the hospital. An escaped inmate, possibly? :-)
Sparky saw lots of cool birds on the mend...Some owls....
One of the most interesting birds Sparky saw at Save Our Seabirds was the sandhill crane. The crane is another one of Sparky's favorite birds. They had at least a half dozen sandhill cranes with prosthetic legs at SOS. That was so sad to see. The cranes with artificial legs had been hit by cars or GOLF BALLS. Yep, that's right---golf balls. Which is not surprising, seeing how many cranes are walking around golf courses in Florida.
Sparky finally made it to the main aquarium building and it was just as wonderful as the rest of the place. Of course, it has the most stuff of all to see....
Again, there are several research "mini" centers within the aquarium. There is a seahorse lab and a jellyfish reproduction center.
You can see the lab workers doing their jobs as you wander through the aquarium. Sparky loves the moon jellyfish. They are always in the special lighted tanks that make them look like they are from outer space and not on this planet.
Wanna see some sharks in an open tank? They are here at Mote....
That's as close as Sparky wants to get to one, from a camera zoom lens! Did you hear about the tens of thousands of sharks making their way north from Florida on the east coast lately? That was a few weeks ago...Hopefully, they've moved on.
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What a fascinating place. One more museum to add to the Gulf Coast list.ReplyDelete