Thursday, August 19, 2010

Guest blogger: Tim Pratte

Our penguins have a lot of fans, but few as fervent as 13-year-old Tim Pratte! Tim and his family are members of the Aquarium, and visit about once a month. He can name every bird in the exhibit. Tim also donates his own birthday and holiday money to the penguins. He's such a special supporter, we invited Tim to post. Here's Tim:

My name is Tim Pratte and I live in Bedford, NH. I love penguins, and they inspired me to build the model of the New England Aquarium. I made this model in about a year. It is a very nice model, not just because it looks cool, but because I made it mostly out of recyclables. For example: boxes, paper, and plastic. I also used a lot of TAPE!!

Over the past year, when I was building this model, I became more and more interested in penguins. I was so interested I even memorized all of their names by their bracelet colors. Example: Pip [my favorite penguin] has his bracelet on the left because he is a male. His bracelet color is pink, so I know him as pink left. I am still studying the penguins, and someday I hope I can work at the New England Aquarium.

This is a picture of the African penguins in my model. The rocks are real, and there are plastic cups supporting them. (Tim's model is so true to life, he even has the "floating" rocks down! Click here to see video of what these rocks look like underwater in the real exhibit!)

This picture the giant ocean tank in my model aquarium. All the coral is from Florida.

- Tim

Thanks, Tim! So are you curious about Tim's favorite penguin, Pip? Stay tuned, we'll be sharing some more information about him very soon!


  1. Wow that was amazing!! I'm so glad I got to see your model aquarium. It looks great.

    :) Your proud Aunt.... Auntie Kathy

  2. Grandma and GrandpaAugust 21, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    We are very proud of Tim. His interest and love of natural life should inspire us all to be caretakers of nature's wonders.

  3. Tim, this is really cool. I forward it to Emily, Nick and Grace too. - Ed

  4. Great job Tim! Your blog is cool and the model of your penguins looks just like the actual penguin exhibit.

  5. Wow Tim this is great! The kids love it!

  6. Thank you for sharing what you know about penguins. You are an inspiration for others to learn and explore! Keep it up. :)

    Mrs. Smart-Hall
    Fourth Grade Teacher