RE: NANFA-- Newport Aquarium

Jay DeLong (
Tue, 3 Oct 2000 09:01:52 -0700

Casper, I didn't see little satan, but I saw a mudpuppy in that tank under a
rock at the front. I guess I didn't look well enough. There were also a
number of crayfish walking around that tank-- future satan snacks you think?

By the way, I agree with all of the criticisms people have made about the
Newport Aquarium. Still, we must look at the big picture, wouldn't you
agree? Yes, it may have been crowded and it must have been awful to have to
take kids through the food area to get out, but this aquarium was privately
funded, and can only help educate the public about the needs and diversities
of aquatic ecosystems. I think my greatest complaint wold be that there was
too little information made available-- it was just tank after tank (after
tank...). They could learn a lesson from the Vancouver BC Aquarium, where
exhibits include information on the wild status (and value) of fishes and
aquatic organisms, their ecosystems, and conservation efforts. They have
that additional "take home" message. All in all, though, this is a really
nice place that isn't doing anyone any harm, except perhaps making you a
little poorer in the wallet (but richer in appreciation of the natural
world, especially the children who will be making future decisions based on
their education today!).

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA

> -----Original Message----- > From: On Behalf > Of > Sent: Monday, October 02, 2000 6:18 PM > To: > Subject: Re: NANFA-- Newport Aquarium > > > a couple of years ago i was up in kentuck at the darter fest and > meet several > folks who where collecting natives for the display. they > mentioned they were > looking for a hellbender of which i had a small one from a > mountain stream. i > airmailed the devildog and got 3 passes in return. good trade. > the newport is > as nice and entertaining as my hometown's tennessee aquarium. not > a lot of > natives but you cant have everything. i especially enjoyed the > murals... very > fine. i have a video on the making of the place i could lend out. if you > visit say hi to little satan for me. he is generally under the > back ledge at the left corner. > casper

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