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Animal Updates | Mammals | Whale Watching

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Our First Gray Whale of the Year! And other surprises too! | James S.  buttonLink

Our First Gray Whale of the Year! And other surprises too!

Hello everyone, I hope your holiday was enjoyable. It certainly was exciting on the water during Thanksgiving. We saw our first gray whale of the season on the 23rd and saw a very late blue whale on Thanksgiving Day! There has been a lot of diversity on our whale watches these past couple of weeks. There have been Risso’s, bottlenose, common dolphins, pacific white-sided dolphins, humpbacks, grays, 2 late blue whale sightings, fin whales, seals, and sea lions. Whew! That’s a lot of stuff.

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Friday, December 02, 2016

Scarlett and a Breaching Minke! | James S.  buttonLink

Scarlett and a Breaching Minke!

Even though the air is getting cooler on the water, we’re still seeing plenty of life on our whale watches right now. There have been a number of humpback sightings (4 in one trip!) and we even got to see Scarlett again. If you have been keeping track of our blogs, Scarlett was seen a couple of months ago with a lot of red lice on their body.

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Animal Updates | Mammals

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Thank You From Brook The Sea Otter | Hugh  buttonLink

Thank You From Brook The Sea Otter

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 20

Brook’s video thank you to everyone who supported the Aquarium of the Pacific this year.

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Animal Updates | Invertebrates | Q&A

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Everything You Want to Know about Our “GPO” | In Focus  buttonLink

Everything You Want to Know about Our “GPO”

Angelina answers all the questions you have about our giant Pacific octopus.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Lorikeets Give A Pumpkin A Makeover | Hugh  buttonLink

The Lorikeets Give A Pumpkin A Makeover

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 18

The Lorikeets of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Lorikeet Forest decided to give a friendly looking Halloween pumpkin a more ghoulish makeover.

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Education | Interview

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Mad Scientists in the Aquarium Lab | In Focus  buttonLink

Mad Scientists in the Aquarium Lab

If you go up a couple flights of stairs and through a series of doors, you’ll find a scientific lab tucked away behind the scenes at the Aquarium. The scientists in this lab aren’t mad in a crazy way, but they are madly passionate about water quality.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Whale Watching

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Say Hello to the Risso’s Dolphins! | James S.  buttonLink

Say Hello to the Risso’s Dolphins!

Not only was this past weekend great for our sighting numbers, but we observed more playful behavior from the Risso’s dolphins than normal. One of our interns was able to capture an image of one playing and splashing while swimming on its back at the surface! I’ve only ever seen the very reserved and shy behavior typically found of our local Risso’s dolphins.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Video | Volunteering

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Sea Otter Fur FLIR | Hugh  buttonLink

Sea Otter Fur FLIR

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 19

Using a FLIR (Forward Looking InfraRed) thermal imaging camera to demonstrate how a sea otter’s fur works.

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Animal Updates | Penguins

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Bringing Up Baby | In Focus  buttonLink

Bringing Up Baby

This year the Aquarium celebrated the hatching of two baby penguins. Aviculturist and resident “penguin mother” Sara Mandel explains what it’s like to raise these chicks from when they hatch until they’re ready to join the rest of the colony on exhibit at the June Keyes Penguin Habitat.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Special surprise orca visit, and more! | James S.  buttonLink

Special surprise orca visit, and more!

Mostly we see orcas during the winter and spring, but every once in a while they show up at random times of the year. There have been a number of instances where the captains on the Harbor Breeze cruises hear from others that they have spotted orcas, but it’s just too far for us to try and get to that area.

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