and Delmar Turn 2.
You "otter" celebrate with the Tennessee Aquarium.
Tenn. (Feb. 13, 2007) –
Celebrating the second birthdays of Pete and
Delmar, two of the Aquarium’s three North American
Senior Educator Amy Graves, along with Everett, Pete,
Delmar and an aquarium full of other party animals.
/ Where: Tuesday, February 20th, 2007 at 11 AM. We’ll
celebrate in the Appalachian Cove Forest exhibit in the Tennessee
Aquarium’s River Journey Building.
Everett has been one of the Aquarium’s stars since opening
in 1992, but he was beginning to slow down and nap a bit more
until Pete and Delmar came along. Senior Educator Amy Graves
says, “Adding Pete and Delmar was like introducing a
couple of puppies to an older dog. The younger guys kind of
woke Everett up and now he’s more energetic trying to
keep up with the boys.” The three of them now put on
a show, splashing and playing nearly non-stop. This playfulness
really comes out when they have enrichment time. “Enrichment
is a special play-time for the otters,” says Graves.
“Otters spend a lot of time in the wild foraging for
food, so we come up with playful ways for them to get tasty
treats.” Have you ever seen a limber otter zoom through
the water to get at a fish-cicle? Graves says the boys love
to get a ball of ice with fish frozen inside. “They
will push it through the water to melt the ice and nibble
on the fish inside.” Enrichment comes in other fun forms
as well. Just like other two year olds, otters love to play
in the snow. So the last time it snowed a big bucket of the
fresh white stuff was brought in for the boys who had a ball
frolicking in their indoor winter wonderland. Graves has been
“cooking” up a special birthday treat for the
otters. Special krill cupcakes are being frozen for the boys
with two smelt “candles” on top. “It should
be pretty hilarious watching them chasing and eating their
cupcakes,” smiles Graves.
you "otter" know:
North American river otters face a number of environmental challenges
today. They have suffered from fur trapping, water pollution
and habitat destruction. Once common throughout the U.S. and
Canadian lakes and streams, today North American river otters
range is considerably smaller. Conserving wetlands and wooded
areas along streams and rivers are top priorities. Working to
reduce soil erosion and preventing fertilizers and pesticides
from washing into streams are important measures, even where
otters aren’t likely to visit. For example, soil particles
washed into a stream can settle when they reach slow-moving
water, covering the rock, sand, or gravel that some fish need
to lay their eggs and raise young. Fewer fish means less food
for otters. Fortunately in areas where otter conservation measures
have been implemented, river otter populations have grown.
the otters will enjoy their fishy cupcake treats; there will
be birthday cake and Cove Forest coffee for their human friends
help celebrate the boys’ birthdays, visitors will receive
a gift of a 10% discount on all otter merchandise inside the
River Journey gift shop.