Opened May 19, 2010.
From home page Aquarium of the Pacific:
Travel to California’s Central Coast
The Aquarium of the Pacific’s new BP Sea Otter Habitat transports visitors to California’s Central Coast, the native environment of our sea
Walk along a rocky coastline among barnacle-encrusted pilings, and enjoy ocean and inland vistas. Peer underwater and discover the busy world of sea
otters as they swim and interact amongst kelp and fish.
From “Sea Otter Conservation” Aquarium Page:
According to Dr. Tim Tinker, a research wildlife biologist with the Western Ecological Research Center of the U.S. Geological Survey and an adjunct
professor in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California Santa Cruz, one of the greatest threats to sea otters
in California is land-based pollution in their marine environment. There are many things each of us can do to help sea otters and the ocean.
Oil has the potential to seriously harm or kill sea otters. But more oil enters the ocean from car leaks than from large tanker spills. Help keep oil
or anti-freeze out of storm drains that lead to the ocean by not letting it spill on the ground. Recycle used motor oil. Cut down on oil consumption
and oil-based products. And use public transportation, walk, bike, or join a carpool.
Household chemicals and pet waste are some of the other pollutants that are harmful to sea otters and other marine life. Take a second look at
everything you put down your drain since most of this waste makes its way back to rivers, streams, and the ocean. Dispose of hazardous waste
*thoughts*( Later on they blame cats for killing otters...of course removing our pets is all part of the agenda as some of us get by now!)
* thoughts* This is from the Aquarium of the Pacific website. BP gave money for this new exhibit. I am disgusted at how in the last paragraphs they
blame otter deaths on land-based hazards from US. Also, they propagandize by saying more oil enters the ocean from car leaks than from tankers. And
what about blown wells ?
This one is from LA Curbed dot com: look at other Cali BP disasters!:
Wednesday, May 19, 2010, by Dakota
Opening tomorrow is the BP Sea Otter Habitat Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Yes, that BP. The Los Angeles Times looks at the delicate job of
balancing donations---BP had previously donated $1 million to the Aquarium--with high-profile corporate disasters. BP officials might not attend the
opening (although the Aquarium hopes they still show up, and there is no talk of taking the BP name off the entrance sign.) Nor does there seem to be
any fallout over at LACMA or KCET, where BP has donated $25 million, respectively, since 2004. Over at Culture Monster, art critic Christopher Knight
weighs in on the BP Entrance at LACMA. Verdict: Scandal, schmandal. But there is a rocky past, according to the LA Times: "BP's environmental record
in Southern California was blemished before these gifts. After a 1990 tanker spill off Huntington Beach, it paid $21.9 million in cleanup and
settlement costs. In 2002, it paid the state $45.8 million to settle a suit over pollution from leaking gasoline storage tanks. Later, leakage of
smog-forming chemicals at its refinery in Carson resulted in $81 million in fines and other payments."
· BP oil spill poses PR dilemma for nonprofits [LA Times]
*final thoughts* I promised my bff who is disabled, that I would take her there before I read this, now my trip will be tainted by BP presence. When
I look at the animals, I will see hundreds of dead animals in the South. The duplicity and greed are incomprehensible at this point...
Disgust and sadness, but love for all, CestLaVie