The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 12, 1997 · Page 13
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 13

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, October 12, 1997
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SHARON r RANDALL Scripps Howard Newt Service Turtle love efident in giant aquarium f i Yomve heard stories, no doubtt about animals that react to losing a mate with humanlike oihotion. But have you ever -Heard of a grieving reptile? g Does cold blooded always meaifheartless? Sa&hello to Herb — a 350- pounjl endangered species with a tin^brain, a huge shell, loads of personality and a seemingly broken heart.- Little more than a weak ago, Herb was one of two giant green sea turtles in the Cjuter Bay wing of the Monterey; Bay Aquarium in Mon- tereyj Calif. Known officially as Turtle-1 and Turtle-2, unofficially they werejArchie and Herb: The Good}Turtle and The Bad. Ar|tiie came to Monterey last year pn lorig-.term loan from an aquarium in New York, and made a big splash with aquarium-goers who thrilled to see him glide past the window, waving his nippers like oars. He|b arrived some months .rchie. Steve Brorsen, an st, who would get to :he turtles as well as one ^_" can know another, wasn't sjjUre what to expect. "I didn't know if they'd even notice each other," he said. But in a million-gallon tank full of tuna and sharks, Herb zoomed in on Archie. "Pretty soon, I swear," Brorsen said grinning, "I'd see them sitting at the bottom together with their flippers over each other's shells." Fish taco: lettuce with squid "'The turtles made quite a pair, cruising the tank like Synchronized swimmers, taking naps together on the bottom and stealing the tunas' food.<Archie loved to eat. He'd ^ do anything for a fish taco: Lettuce Jvith a chunk of squid. He|b liked to do, urn, other things, enough to raise doubts abouf, well, Archie's gender. He even made passes, so to speak, at the Mola — a big, flat fish that may look like a turtle, but sjeemed genuinely insulted by Herb's suggestion. ,,,,."W£ put Herb in the holding tank jto make him leave the Mo- la'alqne," Brorsen said. "When he got out, he made a bee-line for Alrchie." Turtles are inquisitive creatures,, fascinated by underwater Iqdges and caves. It was that, 'said Brorsen — their cu- riosi|y — that got them into trouble recently. "We came in that morning and could see only one turtle in the tank, so we suited up and divecj down to find him." Repair work on the tank had loosened a grate that proved irresistible to the turtles. A time- lapse* video shows how they movefd the grate with their flippers, 'then wedged themselves into ie opening. " escaped. Archie didn't. Sciehtists did turtle CPR "Wfe did turtle CPR on Archie for almost two hours," Brorsen said. 5" When he began breath- • , _ . _«• ..... _ _ 1 ._!_!» ____ ing o hean Bu died, jured "Hi of da; spent tom< foun< On Week i his own, you should've us cheer ." two days later, Archie And Herb, who wasn't in- seemed a bit strange, wouldn't eat for a couple r&," Brorsen said. "And he a lot of time at the bot- f the tank near where we Archie." this day, however, one after the accident, Herb perns fine, gulping fish iacos and gliding about the tank with his usual seamless grace. In a moment, Brorsen and another diver will rub Herb's shell until the turtle is limp with pleasure. Then they'll steer him into a holding tank until repairs are completed. "Who knows?" Brorsen says studying Herb. "Maybe it's my imagination. But I still think he misses Archie." Life VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES / B5 ALMANAC / B8 CROSSWORD / B9 Kids love it, they love to get messy. - Rose Orwig art specialist, Redding, Calif., Museum of Art and History Kaycle Simmons, a 12-year-old volunteer at family art night in Redding, Calif., hangs up a print to dry. _,„.„ _ B ... .... .. . . ^ u „ • Photos by Scripps Howard News service The beauty of vegetable prints Is that they allow i Rambur, 5, Redding, Calif., prints a design on paper with a bell pepper. Vegetable printing can be en- complete freedom! The Idea Is to explore and have joyed by all ages and Is easy to do at home. Use the end results to wrap gifts or make cards. a good time Go ahead play with your food If you can't eat your vegetables, make art with 'em By LAURA CHRISTMAN Scripps Howard News Service REDDING, Calif. — Splat. Sploosh. Thud. These are the sounds of artistic vegetables at work. If you've got a backyard garden bursting with carrots, zucchini, corn and other goodies and are running out of ideas for slicing, dicing, sauteeing or boiling them, then think art. Seriously. Vegetables make fine art materials. Their creative side was demonstrated recently at a family art night in Redding, Calif. Rosie Orwig, art specialist with the Redding Museum of Art and History, showed up for the event at Paul Bunyan's Forest Camp in Redding loaded with sacks of carrots, apples, broccoli, bell peppers, eggplant, crookneck squash, mushrooms and potatoes — enough vegetable matter to make a nice salad for the Forest Camp's namesake. But instead of putting them to culinary use, Orwig and her volunteers sliced them up and put them out for children (and an occasional parent) to make colorful produce prints. The process was the same — pick a veggie, dip in paint, stamp on paper — but the results were very different. They ranged from meticulously stamped bell pepper patterns highlighted with delicate streaks from cabbage leaves to blobs of paint that defied easy veg- etable identification. The beauty of vegetable prints, Orwig said, is that they allow complete freedom. The idea is to explore and have a good time, she said. "I'm going to stay here until I use every vegetable. It's fun," said Michelle Harrison, who brought her daughter Cheri, 8, to work on prints during the art event. Harrison's print was a mass of vegetable markings. Meanwhile, her daughter made a cat using a potato to stamp the eyes, carrots dipped in paint for the eyeballs and an apple to make the nose. Kelsi Greyshock, 8, said vegetable printing is not only fun, but educational. "You learn your vegetables while you do it." And you learn the printing characteristics of various veggies. Corn was a favorite. When dipped in paint and rolled along, it leaves behind little dotted tracks. Bell peppers sliced in half create an interesting open pattern. Carrots can be used to make circles or can be rolled lengthwise. And apples make nice star patterns if sliced in half horizontally. Vegetable printing is an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages and is easy to do at home, Orwig said. You can use the end results to wrap gifts or to make a card. Vegetable printing also is an easy activity for a child's birthday party. When making prints, slice vegetables different ways and don't overlook all aspects of the vegetable, Orwig suggested. The green tops of carrots make a nice feathery material for dipping and printing, she noted. Same goes for celery leaves. Orwig said the most common mistake people make is putting too much paint on the veggie. That leads to a big blob instead of an interesting pattern. Use any type of paper and put a thin layer of paint in a plastic or paper plate. Orwig likes to use acrylic paints because they don't flake. But she said tempera paint (poster paint) works well. Tempera washes off of hands and clothing easily, which is something to keep in mind. Vegetable printing is, after all, not a tidy undertaking. "Kids love it," Orwig said. "They love to get messy." SUGGESTIONS? GAIL SHERIDA WARNER, LIFE EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1*00-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT

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