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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Southbound Grays Galore! | James S.  buttonLink

Southbound Grays Galore!

There have been a lot of great sightings of plenty of species, but it has especially been good for gray whale sightings. We even had the opportunity to see the rare Eastern Tropical Pacific pod of orca!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Conservation | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Wild Newborn Otter Pup-Five Months Later | Hugh  buttonLink

Wild Newborn Otter Pup-Five Months Later

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 23

I first saw the mother otter with her newborn pup last summer in Monterey Bay. Five months later I ran into the same pair again at the same place in the bay.

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Thursday, January 05, 2017

Gray Whale Season Is Upon Us! | James S.  buttonLink

Gray Whale Season Is Upon Us!

Happy New Year whale friends! I hope everyone’s holidays were enjoyable. It certainly was a lot of fun on the water the last couple of weeks. Since I wrote the last blog we’ve seen orca, grays, fins, humpbacks, and lots of dolphins!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Enrichment | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Milo’s Year Of The Sea Lion Selfie Stick | Hugh  buttonLink

Milo’s Year Of The Sea Lion Selfie Stick

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 22

A look back to Milo’s Year of the Sea Lion Selfie Stick via a compilation on his selfie videos from 2016.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Magnificent Fin Whale Feeding | James S.  buttonLink

Magnificent Fin Whale Feeding

While there is so much to enjoy about these magnificent creatures in our local waters, we have recently had the chance to witness lunge feeding from our fin whales. Lunge feeding behavior involves the whales feeding at the very surface of the water, gliding on their side with their jaw peeking out. Some researchers have hypothesized the coloration on fin whale jaws coincides with their ability to scare prey into more compact ‘bait balls’.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Holiday Treats for the Sea Otters | Hugh  buttonLink

Holiday Treats for the Sea Otters

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 21

In a holiday tradition nearly as old as the Aquarium of the Pacific, a snowman is made for the sea otters to enjoy.

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Education | Interview

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Teaching Teachers at the Boeing Teacher Institute | In Focus  buttonLink

Teaching Teachers at the Boeing Teacher Institute

Everyone remembers their favorite teacher; the one who made learning fun and inspired you to be a passionate student. Each year, with the help of a generous grant from The Boeing Company, the Aquarium of the Pacific hosts a group of these inspiring and fun teachers for a week-long educational experience.

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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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