Sunday, October 27, 2013

bragging on Ms. L

  Ms. L has worked at the Monterey Bay Aquarium for the last five years, she got a job there her freshman year of college as a volunteer for sleep over events to her first paid job in Guest Services selling tickets to balancing the daily bank deposits to her current job as a Guest Experience Ambassador, giving tours, answering questions and needing to know everything about the aquarium and ~ finger crossed eventually working her way towards the Husbandry side.
  A few months ago she was chosen as a volunteer (going through a interview process equivalent to applying for a paid position) for the Monterey Bay Aquarium - SORAC program, SORAC stands for Sea Otter Research and Conservation. Recently PBS aired a documentary  PBS: Saving Otter501.
For Mr.L and I it was a wonderful way to see what she does because they have very strict guidelines to follow and non-trained personnel are not allowed. I have to say I didn't realize how important otters are to ecosystem along California's Central Coast.

   Right now the aquarium has a baby otter who needs round the clock care and Ms.L is one on the personnel who gets to take care of the baby. I snagged the photos off the net but it is everything that is done for the current infant.
   She made a comment about how much baby otters are jerks (for lack of a better term) because they cry, eat, poop and need constant attention. Oh!! Out of the mouth of babes... But,  I also know she is having the time of her life!
Chris =]


  1. Ha! Great training to become a parent :) What and interesting and fun job Ms. L has :) Congrats to her for her achievements!

    1. She is funny when she talks about what a little stinker he is. :) I never thought her practical training would be from taking care of an otter.

  2. We caught the last 10 minutes of Saving 501 the other night! What dedication and hard work...and such a happy out come! You sure deserve to be so proud of your girl!
    Erica :)

    1. Thanks, Erica.
      I always wanted to be Marlin Perkins from Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, but followed a different path. Now I can live vicariously through her.

  3. what fun. when I was a kid I always thought I wanted to work at the zoo.. your daughter is lucky to be able to do something she loves to do!
    too bad about the otter bite. I guess that kind of thing comes with the territory! but its a great battle scar and story to tell !
    have a great day!

    1. So true! Now she has two battle scars she can talk about. =]