Zoo and Aquarium Professional, Educator, Cosplayer, Writer and B.A. in Psychology whose got a lot to share when it comes to animals, zoos, aquariums, conservation, and more.
Five Underrated Mandalorians and Concept Designs for Cosplay
Within the vast realm of Star Wars, the Mandalorians hold a prominent position in the ranks of popular cosplay subjects. For over a decade, as a dedicated cosplayer, I have experienced great excitement upon encountering novel characters and character designs at conventions attended with my sister and friends. These endeavors exemplify the beauty of the art form, not only in bringing characters to life through the eyes of talented artists, but also in sparking immense joy among children and families who cherish the opportunity to see their beloved characters materialize. Moreover, witnessing the creative interpretations and personal touches that cosplayers infuse into their designs is a captivating spectacle on social media. Among the most frequently portrayed characters, I have observed Bo-Katan Kryze, Sabine Wren, Padme Amidala, Ahsoka Tano, Hera Syndulla, and Duchess Satine Kryze. These portrayals serve as a testament to the dedication and artistry of the individuals who bring these characters to life.
Responding to Reception for My X-Men Article
On February 16, 2024, I published an article titled "X-Men Has Always Been 'Woke'" on Vocal. It addressed the controversy surrounding the portrayal of a non-binary character in a Disney show. The article highlights the X-Men's history of storytelling that tackles social justice and human rights issues, which has been a fundamental part of its identity since the 1960s. While the article received positive feedback from Marvel fans who appreciated the exploration of these themes, there were those who insisted that Disney shouldn't tell politically driven storylines, dismissing them as "woke."
National Aquarium’s “Sanctuary” Plan Problematic?
The National Aquarium in Baltimore has been a home for Atlantic bottlenose dolphins since the 1980s. It currently serves as a home to six dolphins who take part in daily training and feeding sessions six times a day. Lessons and knowledge are both taught and tested with rewards given to them by their trainers at the end of each session. Yet, the trainers are part of their pod. Since 2016, the trainers have been preparing them for life in a marine sanctuary that would be located somewhere in the Caribbean. However, there is one problem: the sanctuary has yet to be built, and plans for its construction seemed mired in logistical problems.
Newsflash: X-Men Has Always Been “Woke”
During the unprecedented global shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, I sought solace in the world of television. Among the shows that caught my attention was the original X-Men: The Animated Series. Along with Star Wars: The Clone Wars, it became a nightly ritual for me to watch three episodes on Disney+ before retiring to bed. This routine provided a much-needed escape from the stress of the day, during which I was preoccupied with planning and writing articles, including a series of interviews.
Story Time as Captain Marvel
Hello everyone, sorry I haven’t published recent stories since August but it has been an overwhelming five months since I wrote and published my last article. Lately, I have been busy thanks to returning to school to conduct online courses to get a master’s degree and a teacher certification from the University of New Hampshire. I can tell you that while taking three online courses in one fall semester has been rewarding, it was exhausting to where I didn’t have enough time or energy to write new articles. Now that I’ve focused on studying for the Praxis exam hoping to start clinical work, I used the free time I had to write a brand-new story. Normally, it would be on animal stories, but I did something different and wrote about some of the cosplay experiences instead.
Baby Walrus Rescued by Alaska SeaLife Center
On August 1st, 2023, a rescue team admitted a male Pacific walrus calf to the Alaska SeaLife Center’s Wildlife Response Program. Workers found him on Alaska’s North Slope, about four miles from the Beaufort Sea. Normally Pacific walruses live almost only near the western coastline, which makes the sighting unusual for the species. When observers first spotted him, they noticed a “walrus tail” on the tundra close to the road where they found him. Nobody knows how the calf arrived inland.
Surprise! New England Aquarium Has a Brand New Penguin Chick!
On March 23rd, 2023, Boston’s New England Aquarium welcomed its first African penguin chick since 2019. The female chick, named “Bray” for the donkey-like vocalizations African penguins are known for, made her public debut at the Aquarium’s signature penguin habitat on June 21st, 2023 after spending three months behind the scenes with the staff who helped raise her. She can be recognized by her green and brown ID bracelet on her right wing and the gray feathers she will keep until she’s a year and a half old.
First Nations People team up with scientists to build a seed bank for kelp
Note: See the citation for this article down below Found in all temperate shorelines worldwide, kelp forests provide food, nursery areas, shelter, and protection from predators and storms. It is a habitat for threatened species such as sea otters, grey whales, rockfish, and juvenile Chinook salmon (Mesa, 2023). Indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest have valued the large brown algae species as a traditional food source for centuries. It’s also one of the most common algae species to be cultivated on a commercial level.
KATOA Ocean, An Educational Mobile Game, Helps Raise Awareness and Funds to Restore Ocean Habitats.
I was still in high school when the Endless Ocean games first came out for the Nintendo Wii and how a combination of real-life conservation efforts and pre-colonial Polynesian folklore inspired their scuba diver storylines. While I wasn’t much of a gamer growing up, I have to admit that playing a game that involved scuba diving, training dolphins, and going on quests to solve ancient mysteries ended up dethroning every Pokemon game I ever played in elementary school. They were fun, exciting, and, very trivial with facts about the animals that appeared in the games along with a few historical facts.
Easter Brings Seadragon Babies and Seal Encounters to the New England Aquarium
Spring has officially arrived, which means time for seasonal cleaning, getting ready to start an annual garden for a fall harvest, and getting ready for Easter, Passover, Ramadan, and, of course, babies. Well, that’s the case for the New England Aquarium with some exciting news to share regarding their seadragon family.
How Pollution Affects Killer Whales In Utero
Over the last few decades, research on wild killer whale populations has given insight into how man-made toxins affect their survival and reproduction ability. This is especially considering killer whales are one of the ocean’s top predators. The pollutants, which make their way into the sea through inland runoffs, get through the marine food chain, getting sorted into animal body tissue after ingesting.