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Blue Planet Aquarium during the lockdown

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Hello everyone, I’m guessing by now we’re all aware of the situation that’s going on out there and I hope that everyone is doing okay during these troubled times. However, I would like everyone to know that although Blue Planet is closed and all on lockdown, our animals are not, and Blue Planet is still running as normal in terms of our animal care and well-being. In this blog I’ll be talking about how you look after an aquarium during a lockdown such as this one.

With the building being currently closed this means there are of course no shows or presentations but we do still have a full team on both Zoological & Dive Team, who are in everyday to look after and maintain all of our exhibits, everything from cleaning our Pelicans to feeding our Sharks and Caimans, they’re there on hand to do it. Even though we have a team working with our animals we are taking relevant steps to ensure the safety and health of our team also, this means that we wash our hands frequently throughout the work day as well when we enter and exit the building. We are also being sure to not have physical contact with each other.

Due to the fact that people aren’t able to see what we do during these times we’re currently doing Live sessions on social media to allow people to see what it is that we get on with behind the scenes and during our daily routine, we also use these sessions to educate the public on issues regarding conservation and we also open up the floor to allow viewers to ask questions as well. People usually ask what it is that we get up to day by day and there really is no way to sum it up in one statement.

I’m going to start with of course the main tank as it is our largest exhibit here. Blue Planet’s Main Tank is massive, at 3.8 million litres it’s a sizeable tank that has a variety of animals, from large Sharks to small fish and Stingrays, and with this variety comes a variety of ways that we need to maintain them. For example, our stingrays have to be target fed by hand and this is the same with our Zebra Sharks, whereas our Sand Tigers are fed from the surface via large pole. The dive team is in water every day and will start by doing our daily feeds which can include feeding our Nurse Sharks, Zebra Sharks and Morays and once we have done all our feed’s we then go onto doing general maintenance.

Cleaning our tank is done in a few different ways, the main one is using our vaccing system which is used to first clean all of our rocks which is a never-ending task due to the sheer size of the tank, once the rocks are clean we then clean our sand. Doing all of this can take us several weeks to get the tank fully clean and by the time we get the tank clean, its then time to start all over again.

In terms of care of the rest of the aquarium, it is split amongst the members of the zoological team which is composed of different team members who are specialists in their areas. For example, we have an onsite herpetologist who specialises in Reptiles, Amphibians, Insects and Arachnids as well as an onsite Coral specialist and Freshwater Aquarist. Each one is proficient in what they are caring for and by splitting the team members in this way we ensure that there’s enough members of the team to care for all the animals in the aquarium as well as having enough expertise on site to help with all situations.

The building is also under constant supervision and we have someone on site 24 hours a day, with our Zoo & Dive team during the day and a watchman at night. So there you have it, a quick blog to explain how we look after the Aquarium during a lockdown. If you’re looking for any further information or have any questions please be sure to keep an eye on our social media platforms for our live sessions.

Finally, thank you for reading and I wish you and everyone else best wishes during this period.

For more information please visit the Blue Planet Aquarium website by clicking here.


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Donovan is a Divemaster who currently works as a Shark Diver at Blue Planet Aquarium based in Ellesmere Port. Donovan’s passion lies with Elasmobranch’s (Sharks & Rays) and this passion has led him to work in South Africa with White Sharks for a short period. He also believes that education through exposure is the best way to re-educate people about Sharks. Follow Donovan at www.instagram.com/donovans_reefs

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Dream Dive Locker Build Out Part II: Blank Slate (Watch Video)

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I owe you all an update on the dream dive locker build out! We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to build my dream dive locker/scuba classroom/office. In this installment, I’m going to answer your questions and comments from the first video in this series.

Scuba diving is my passion and to have a dedicated space for all my dive gear, as well as a hang out spot for my students, is a dream come true.

Let me know your color choice! 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5!

Thanks for watching!

D.S.D.O!

James


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The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Stephan Whelan

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Next in a new series of podcasts shared by our friends Gemma and Ian aka The BiG Scuba Podcast…

Ian and Gemma chat to Stephan Whelan.  Stephan is the Founder and Publisher of DeeperBlue.com. His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years-old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a lifelong love affair with the oceans and led him to become one of the leading figures in the diving media industry.

Stephan got bitten by the diving bug early in life. His first scuba experience was a try-dive when he was eight years old on a family holiday in Europe, and from that moment, he was addicted. He learned to dive properly with BSAC (British Sub Aqua Club) as soon as he could at school and then did his BSAC Assistant Instructor when he turned 16. By the time he was heading to university in 1996, he was hooked on teaching and diving as much as he could.

By the time he started studying at university, he decided to have a go at flexing his web-design skills by publishing some of the stories he had built up about various ‘challenging’ students and dives he had encountered, and so deeperblue.net (as it was known then) was created. He published numerous personal stories until 1998 when other writers began enquiring about contributing to the site with their tales, and it was at this moment he decided to make it more like a magazine format and began asking for volunteer helpers. He got a couple of editors on board, and plenty of writers began contributing.

DeeperBlue.com (or DB as it’s become to be known) is now one of the most-popular diving websites in the world and has grown to publish over 9,000 articles covering all sorts of topics like Freediving, Scuba Diving, Ocean Advocacy, and Diving Travel all the while keeping over half-a-million passionate divers from the diving community connected every month through the forums, large social media following, mobile app, and recently launched podcast.

WEB: deeperblue.com

FB: facebook.com/deeperbluedotcom

IG: instagram.com/deeperbluegram

Twitter: twitter.com/deeperblue

YouTube: youtube.com/deeperbluevideo

App: deeperblue.com/app/

Podcast: deeperblue.com/podcast/


Find more podcast episodes and information at www.thebigscuba.com and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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