Monday, 8 January 2018

Just Started My Volunteering

I've started my volunteering at Ann Kolb Nature Center last Thursday.  It's my first time volunteering ever. Yes, I've never done anything like this before.  Ann Kolb Center is part of the West Lake Park in Hollywood, Florida.  It's famous  for it's natural mangrove forests.

This one of the girls that work there full time.  She takes care of the cool aquatic animals.

Some shrimp and mashed crayfish for most of the aquatic creatures.  Everybody gets mostly the same thing.  They seem to like it, but I wonder if they can be weaned onto dry foods

This is the 300 gallon tank with frillfin goby (Bathygobius soporator), Florida crested goby ( Lophogobius cyprinoides), two starfish, and some other saltwater fish ( I forgot their names).  

Crest Goby Hanging Out on a Rock

This aquarium had two of these starfishes.  I never realized this before, but they have tiny eyes at the end of each arm.  Pretty neat.  As soon as they smelled food, both of them came came our from under the gravel.

This is a tropical Florida lobster or Langusta.  Although he kind of looks like a regular lobster due to his shape, these two animals are not closely related. Spiny lobsters are easily distinguished from true lobsters by their very long, thick, spiny antennae and a complete lack of claws on the first four pairs of walking leg.  This guy is pretty huge. I think he is even too big for his aquarium.  Apparently, he had been living at Ann Kolb Center for almost 3 years now.  He is pretty friendly and seemed excited when he saw food.

Side view of the Florida Spiny Lobster (Panulirus argus)

A very friendly blue crab or Callinectes sapidus.  This is a lot of fun.  He kept trying to dance when he saw food.  Well, not really dancing, but he kept jumping up and down.  He showed no fear of humans at all.  I was told that he tried escaping 3 times.  He would crawl out at night. Luckily, he was always found and returned safely to his aquarium. 

Here, he is trying to catch a piece of shrimp

Blue Crab eating he shrimps)))

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