Turtles, Seahorses and Jellyfish (and a Piano) in the House.

Map Turtle
The Center in the Square Map Turtle minutes after its release into the turtle habitat.
Map Turtle
Map Turtle at Center in the Square.


Just over an hour ago Ben Carlin and I released three turtles into the turtle exhibit at Center in the square.  Two painted turtles and a much larger map turtle are happily exploring their new home.  They seem to have acclimated well to the people in their midst, and contractors construction workers and volunteers already seemed to have bonded with them.  Safe to say that 90 minutes into their new life the turtles are already a popular attraction.

Yesterday I wrote about how the lobby/atrium here at Center was an ant farm in terms of activity.  Today it’s twice as bad.  (or good).


A seahorse swims in the Center Seahorse exhibit.

Volunteers have begun arriving to set up tables for the gala.  A group of high school kids, recently completed hanging an arts and crafts mermaid from the ceiling, and a crew just showed up wanting to set up the baby grand piano for the Saturday night Gala.  They had to wait, however, for the crew to finish polishing the floor.

Amidst all of this our aquarium crews have made steady progress.  The RAD team is close to finishing the plumbing for jellyfish aquariums.  It’s tight work under two massive cylinders, but J.R. Corvison assures me there will be water in them by the end of the day.  I’m pretty sure the FedEx guy just walked by with a box full of aqua-cultured jellyfish.  Will let you know when I confirm.

Jellyfish aquariums
Pete Diaz of Miami works on the plumbing for the jellyfish aquariums at Center in the square.

Quietly the seahorses were released about a day ago.  They are getting quite a show from the humans outside their domain, but seem happy and well adjusted.

Gorgonian at Center in the Square.

The living reef received a nice

upgrade yesterday as Jeff Turner used a long handled set of “grippers” to plant some huge gorgonians (corals) in the rock.  This completed the filling of some of the vertical space in the aquarium, and seems to have made the fish even happier in their space.

Later today we will release some of the chubs, darters, shiners and other native fish from the Roanoke River Logperch aquarium.  We won’t be able to add the actual logperch until the system stabilizes and we receive our permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to house an endangered species.

All in all — things are hectic but on target.


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