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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Blue Whale Season Is Almost Upon Us! | James S.  buttonLink

Blue Whale Season Is Almost Upon Us!

Blue whale season is almost in full swing. They come to Southern California in the summer to feed. There are numerous areas along the west coast of the U.S. and Canada that are summer feeding grounds for this species.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Aquarium Women in STEM (Part 1) | In Focus  buttonLink

Aquarium Women in STEM (Part 1)

Meet a few of the women in STEM positions here at the Aquarium in part one of this two-part series!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Video | Volunteering

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

GALUMPHING: How Seals Move On Land | Hugh  buttonLink

GALUMPHING: How Seals Move On Land

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 33

If you have ever attended a Seals & Sea Lions show at the Aquarium of the Pacific you’ve probably heard the term galumphing as a description of how a harbor seal moves on land. In this week’s video I thought I’d give everyone a close up, slow motion view of what the term is describing.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Whale Watching

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Another Orca Visit | James S.  buttonLink

Another Orca Visit

There has been a great amount of variety on the water recently, we even had a visit by the friendly CA51 pod of orca! These are a transient subtype of orca that predominantly feed on mammals. It was a rare treat to see this family again, and they are very boat friendly as you can see from the pictures.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Penguins

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Penguin Nesting at the Aquarium | In Focus  buttonLink

Penguin Nesting at the Aquarium

Husbandry volunteer, Terri Oba, explains the process of preparing nesting materials for our penguins to ensure they have a successful breeding season.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Video

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Ollie Makes A Snowball | Hugh  buttonLink

Ollie Makes A Snowball

Hugh's Aquarium Views Number 32

Ollie is the must rambunctious and clever sea otter I’ve ever met. Case in point is how she taught herself how to make a snowball.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Whale Watching

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Early blue whales in California! | James S.  buttonLink

Early blue whales in California!

Our new interns have all started and are doing an amazing job. We’ve had great sightings of dolphins, humpbacks, blue whales, fin whales, and even caught sight of a minke and an elephant seal! It’s been a while since our naturalists have been able to mention minke whales on the boats and years since the last time we could catalog an elephant seal sighting.

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Animal Updates | Sharks | Conservation | Scientific Research

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Shark Conservation in Belize | In Focus  buttonLink

Shark Conservation in Belize

Our education staff member, Erin English, recently traveled to Glover’s Reef in Belize to work on shark conservation research with Earthwatch Expedition.

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Animal Updates | Turtles | Conservation | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sea Turtle Photo Identification Results | Hugh  buttonLink

Sea Turtle Photo Identification Results

Hugh's Aquarium Views Number 31

Since 2008 when the Aquarium’s vet, Dr. Lance Adams, first introduced us to the sea turtles of the San Gabriel River, my wife Pam and I have been taking field notes and photos of these unexpected urban residents. The photos were used in a photo identification study project led by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The results were presented this year as a scientific poster at the International Sea Turtle Symposium, a gathering of sea turtle scientists and researchers from around the world.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Gray whale season is almost over | James S.  buttonLink

Gray whale season is almost over

Our sightings of gray whales have definitely been reduced over the last couple of weeks, only a few instances where we were able to see probably the last few cow/calf pairs heading north for their summer feeding. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go whale watching! We’ve seen lots of dolphins recently, even saw some Risso’s dolphins again.

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