Wildlife Get Social

Seahorses mobbing together (c) SML

While I have yet to join the Twittering crowd, I do love Facebook. Incredibly enough you can chat up Herbie Hippocampus on FB thanks to the kind translating aquarists at Monterey Bay Aquarium’s new “The Secret Lives of Seahorses” Exhibit. (Unless of course Herbie has found a way to use his prehensile tail to type away on a waterproofed keyboard in his aquarium.) You can also follow Shamu’s adventures at SeaWorld these days on Twitter. I’m pretty sure the whales are also getting assistance from the training crew to type up their tweets. Although, now that I think about it, their usual clicks, whistles, and trains probably would qualify as “tweets” quite literally.

I think this officially means we live in a socially saturated world when even the marine wildlife are getting in on the act. It is nice to consider using these networks for conservation and outreach and I’m curious to see how successful they are. Shamu has loads of followers; Herbie has plenty of friends so far. But really, as a good friend of mine pointed out, shouldn’t the penguins, pelicans, and puffins be on Twitter? That would be far more appropo.

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