Thursday, April 30, 2009
Time to catch up with another special wee one to me - Baby Hickey. Baby Hickey comes all the way from the Antarctic, went through some adverse moments, yet not only survives, but thrives. I had the opportunity the other day to quickly take some higher resolution photos down the microscope and here they are. I'm a little nervous about doing this too often, as I don't want to disturb the little fella, but wow, he really is fantastic to look at!
He is not only building his little skeleton to his hearts content, but he also started feeding last week. I've been feeding him every other day from some plankton (collected from the Antarctic) that was frozen while at sea and shipped back to Hawaii. I defrost a little, take some up in a pipette, then gently squirt it out towards his tentacles. It's really a learning experience for me too - how much to give him, how often, how quickly to take the food out of there so it doesn't ruin the water - and the big question - how long is it going to take for him to form a full circle o skeleton?
I still have another 27 larvae alive in the fridge right now, but none are doing as well as Hickey. None in fact are attached, none are as well developed, and to be a little brutal, i'm sure they're all going to pop off slowly over the next few weeks. So my hope is all on Hickey - keep going little guy!
My friend Steffi also wrote a blog about Baby Hickey - check it out!
Hope you all have a great weekend!