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Animal Updates | Invertebrates | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Basket Stars | Hugh  buttonLink

Basket Stars

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video number 12

It looks a campy alien monster out of a 1960s Irwin Allen sci-fi TV show. It’s tentacle-like arms curling in and out to ambush unsuspecting prey. The eerily pulsating membrane of its body announces that its poor victims are being devoured. Yet it’s not science fiction. It’s a creature called a basket star and you can see it in person at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Education | Whale Watching

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Bryde’s and Blues! | Julien  buttonLink

Bryde’s and Blues!

What is a Bryde’s whale? Well, they are a very rare sight to see in our waters and have only been sighted a handful of times. On top of the amazing days we have had on the water with multiple blues, fins, and humpbacks, this was an exciting adventure for whale nerds alike!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Enrichment | Video | Volunteering

Friday, July 01, 2016

Harpo Channels His Inner Marx Brother to Take a Selfie | Hugh  buttonLink

Harpo Channels His Inner Marx Brother to Take a Selfie

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video 11

If ever an animal’s name matched its personality it’s Harpo the sea lion. Harpo has a way of channeling his inner Marx Brother and stamping his own unique style to everything he does. Case in point is how he decided to use the sea lion selfie stick.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Education | Whale Watching

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Blues are Here! | Julien  buttonLink

The Blues are Here!

Hello whale lovers! Yes, that is right! The blue whales are here and thrilling guests before the season even officially starts! We have been seeing quite a few blues AND fins out there feeding on HUGE patches of krill.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Enrichment | Volunteering

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Parker Then and Now | Hugh  buttonLink

Parker Then and Now

Parker and his old toy ball

I remember Parker when he was a little pup running between my legs chasing his favorite blue ball. That little pup is now huge topping out this year at 810 pounds.

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Scientific Research

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Setting the Stage | Emily  buttonLink

Setting the Stage

Life At Sea

Life on a research vessel means living and breathing science. Find out a little bit more about the research vessel RV Roger Revelle, where our colleagues from the University of California, Irvine, are studying algae in the Indian Ocean. These studies can help piece together a bigger story about how oceans may be changing.

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Animal Updates | Penguins | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Watching Penguins from the Under-look | Hugh  buttonLink

Watching Penguins from the Under-look

The June Keyes Penguin Habitat's Under-look-Hugh Aquarium Views Number 9

It’s one of the most relaxing and meditative places in the aquarium. The penguin under-look at the June Keyes Penguin Habitat allows you to become immersed amongst swimming penguins.

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Education | Scientific Research

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Welcome to the Unseen Ocean | Emily  buttonLink

Welcome to the Unseen Ocean

The Aquarium of the Pacific is home to over 10,000 animals, giving you a glimpse of several different regions in the ocean: the temperate waters of our ocean-backyard, the chilly North Pacific coast, and the warm, colorful tropical ocean. The ocean is a big, complex place; there is an entire universe of science and discovery out there. I’m going to be blogging about the research that scientists are doing to help us understand more about ocean and earth systems. How do we know what we know about Earth? What are scientists doing to study the ocean? Join me as we meet these scientists and workers and learn more about ocean exploration and research. For our first expedition together: we’re going to follow a cruise!

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Animal Updates | Turtles | Conservation | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Sea Turtles in the Neighborhood | Hugh  buttonLink

Sea Turtles in the Neighborhood

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 8

Because they are so accessible to the local folks of Long Beach and the surrounding area I like to refer to the green sea turtles that colonize the San Gabriel River as Urban Sea Turtles.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Education | Whale Watching

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The False Killer Whales Return! | Julien  buttonLink

The False Killer Whales Return!

I love the scientific name of these whales; Pseudorca, because it sounds like they are just phony killer whale or faux-orca. In fact, the only reason they are named ‘false’ killer whales is because their skulls resemble those of a killer whale and it has nothing to do with their actual physical likeness. Anyways, we were VERY fortunate to come across these gentle toothed whales during one of our whale watching tours last week and those on board had a once in a lifetime opportunity to see them in the wild.

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