The Think Tank

All Dressed Up and No Place to Go…Yet

Posted on 12/17/2015 by Nadine Slimak in manatee care

Myakklemore is being prepped for his upcoming release — a multi-step process that I thought I’d tell you about this month. But first, a brief reminder of how Myakklemore came to be at the Parker Manatee Aquarium.

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Camouflage, Color Changes, and Glow in the Dark are not just for Halloween!

Posted on 11/2/2015 by Jessica Schubick

Some species of aquatic animals practice the art of camouflage throughout the year. There are a variety of ways in which this happens. Forms of camouflage provide animals with ways of avoiding predators but color change can also indicate a search for a mate. Animals in the marine environment have adaptations that assist in both these endeavors.

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A Cast of Crabs

Posted on 10/9/2015 by Jessica Schubick

What makes a crab a crab? Crabs are in the group Arthropoda (with insects and spiders). The carapace or shell is an external skeleton, so in order to grow, crabs need to molt. A crack forms on the shell and the crab climbs out of the old shell exposing the new one. The new shell may be soft and take some time to harden for protection. Young crabs will molt more frequently.

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What is El Nino?

Posted on 9/12/2015 by Jessica Schubick

We are currently in an El Nino event. There is the La Nina and El Nino. La Nina is a period of time when the Equatorial Pacific is cooler than normal. El Nino is where the ocean surface temperatures are warmer than normal around the equator in the Pacific.

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A Chorus of Manatees

Posted on 8/12/2015 by Jessica Schubick

A group of manatees is typically called a herd. The names of Snooty's current Aquarium companions reflect a part of our culture not common to manatees, however - and so the South Florida Museum is proud to present our "chorus" of manatees. Joining Myakklemore are Icecube and Sarasolo. What do manatees have in common with rappers and a music festival? Rap is defined as a talk or chat; quick, sharp knocks; or words recited rapidly and rhythmically. While manatee conversation may not be considered rapid, the sounds are quick and sharp and sometimes rhythmic.

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