Tuesday, February 18, 2014

ENJOYING LIFE

On looking through the blogs listed in NAUTICAL LOG the Sea Shepherd has an article by Jennifer Mishler a Staff Writer/Editor of Sea Shepherd, USA.   It is a rather moody report of her visit to the National Zoo when the giant octopus was alive.  Pandora has since died at the age of five (5) years - human years not octopus years - which is just about the longest giant octopii live.

Ms. Mishler is saddened by the fact that she was unable to free Pandora from what she considered a "small" tank. She also mentions a variety of other points and then later in the article sort of corrects herself and admits the photo with the article is adjusted (photoshopped?).   One feels saddened  that Ms. Mishler, along with other Sea Shepherd persons judging from their blogs on the SSCS website seem to be looking for something their missing, are a bit lost travelling through life not fully enjoying any of the things they do. 

As it happens in contrast NAUTICAL LOG with his wife, a daughter and two young grandchildren spend a wonderful Presidents Day at the Zoo Miami in Miami, Florida.  It was sunny and breezy the animals all looked superb in excellent condition and enjoying huge spaces in this open no cage zoo.  They are far enough away from the visitors to not be directly bothered by human contact but close enough for both parties to see the other.   The chimpanzees were being fed treats of fruit by a zookeeper as we passed and when the fruit was finished they gave him a round of applause much to we visitors amusement.   One experience which was new to NAUTICAL LOG was feeding a giraffe by hand from a bowl of lettuce, they are extremely gentle and lick ones hand in thanks.  Quite an experience for which one had to wait 77 years to enjoy but well worth the wait.

So one hopes Ms. Mishler has some happier experiences at zoos and the National Zoo on their part give consideration to the points she raised in her article several are most certainly valid.

Good Watch.

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