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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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Animal Updates | Mammals | Whale Watching

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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Animal Updates | Birds

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Raising Lorikeet Chicks at the Aquarium | In Focus  buttonLink

Raising Lorikeet Chicks at the Aquarium

Sara Mandel explains what it’s like to raise baby lorikeets.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Whale Watching

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Humpbacks in the area! | James S.  buttonLink

Humpbacks in the area!

Historically during our normal water conditions, and even during some La Nina conditions, we have seen humpback whales show up late spring through early/mid fall. We had amazing sightings and numbers of humpbacks during our last El Nino, hopefully the numbers stay pretty high this year too. We recently spotted a couple of humpbacks in the last week, hanging out together between Abalone Cove State Marine Conservation Area and Point Fermin.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Invertebrates | Mammals | Penguins | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, April 20, 2017

1 Second Every Saturday | Hugh  buttonLink

1 Second Every Saturday

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 30

So what is it like volunteering every Saturday with the critters at the Aquarium of the Pacific? Well here’s a year’s worth of 1 second video moments of my volunteer shifts in under 60 seconds.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Whale Watching

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Lots of gray whales, and an early blue whale! | James S.  buttonLink

Lots of gray whales, and  an early blue whale!

It’s not uncommon to see an early blue whale in April or early May and it makes for a great surprise during whale watches. We’re also seeing lots of gray whales moving north with their calves. April is definitely the time for cow-calf pairs.

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Animal Updates | Mammals

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A Whale of a Tale | In Focus  buttonLink

A Whale of a Tale

Alyssa Pacaut traveled to San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja California to get up close and personal with baby gray whales…

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Enrichment | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Seal Selfie Training | Hugh  buttonLink

Seal Selfie Training

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 29

The early stages of training a harbor seal to take a selfie.

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