The Pier Aquarium Photo Album
Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve and the Labyrinth of Wishes
Volunteers from The Pier Aquarium mapped out in white beach sand a labyrinth in
based on an ancient design and lit almost 800 candles along the circuitous walkway. New Year’s Eve revelers who walked the path had time to reflect on the year 2005 and thought of a wish as they tied a brightly colored ribbon around the tree in the labyrinth’s center. More than 5,000 participated in the restful, contemplative activity.
Almost 400 attended our free family marine discovery day held at
and Education Station. Under clear blue skies, they caught critters for our “Ocean in Motion,” scavenged for treasures and created works of art and shark teeth jewelry. Our staffers and Educational Staffers from Southwest Florida Water Management District, Great Explorations, Tampa Bay Watch, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Tampa Bay Estuary Program and Tampa Bay Watch led the day’s activities.
March 25 Everyone’s Fishin’ at Fishy Business
Brisk winds and cooler weather brought Fishy Business, our Outdoor Fresh Fish Theater, indoors in the Pier’s Activity Room for two performances. Jamie the Fishing Guide and the Fish People (staff) had the audience participating in fishy sing-alongs, fishy humor and commercials. They all went fishin’” to learn about the fish that live in
. Afterward, they inspected tiny creatures under the microscope and handled fish specimens. It was, all in all, a fishy kind of day.
Funding for Fishy Business has been provided by employees of the St. Petersburg Times through the newspaper's Employee Giving Program, a match from the St. Petersburg Times Fund, Inc. and matching funds from the Pinellas County Arts Council.
April 11 Fishy Business at Campbell Park Elementary
Jamie took the "show" to pupils at Campbell Park and talked
about turtles, manatees, sea stars and fish. The students
got to see and touch a hawkbill turtle's skull and jaw, a turtle's carapace, manatee bones and ancient shark's teeth.
April 15 Underwater Discovery
Children's book author and award-winning nature photographer Michael Patrick O'Neill was the tour guide on a trip (via slides) throughout the world's oceans. The colorful, beautiful and unusual images from his books,
Fishy Friends, Let's Explore Sharks, Let's Explore Sea Turtles and
Let's Explore Coral Reefs, ranged from a small, inch-long alien looking creature called a nudibranch to a great white shark.
After the presentation Michael showed one of his cameras and his diving apparel and safety equipment.
"The most important thing when you're diving and taking photos is safety," he said. "Don't take chances and take care of what you're doing. You don't want to harm any of the animals."