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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

An Aquarium Explorer Abroad | Karen  buttonLink

An Aquarium Explorer Abroad

Kangaroo crossing signs dot the roadways, but it’s a myth that water drains the other way around. I’m in Queensland, Australia, on the northeastern coast of the continent. My name is Karen Backe, and I’m an educator with the Aquarium of the Pacific. I flew from Los Angeles to Sydney and traveled 15 hours north by land along the coast. Along the way, by bus and train, I met up with more and more whale researchers. We were easy to spot if you knew what to look for – hiking backpacks, whale tail necklaces, t-shirts that read things like “What genius decided to call them ‘killer whales’ instead of ‘sea pandas’?” and an air of excitement – we were all headed for Peregian Beach, and a project called BRAHSS.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Whale Watching

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Just Under the Surface | Julien  buttonLink

Just Under the Surface

Happy October everybody! This month has been flying by and even though we have ended our blue whale tours we are still seeing them! That’s right, the blues are still here and they are not the only stars of the show lately. Humpback whales, several at a time, have been sighted, feeding and being very curious with our boats and our guests on-board.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Hooray for “Olliewood” | Hugh  buttonLink

Hooray for “Olliewood”

A sea otter's personal playground

It may be called the BP Sea Otter Exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific but to one particular free spirited sea otter it’s her own personal playground that I like to call “Olliewood”. This month marks Ollie the sea otter’s fourth year at the Aquarium.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Education | Whale Watching

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Lunge-a-Palooza | Julien  buttonLink

Lunge-a-Palooza

Blues, fins and minkes lunge feeding at the surface!

This is what we have been waiting for! We have ended September with incredible trips with numerous blues and lots of action!

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Animal Updates | Penguins | Volunteering

Thursday, September 25, 2014

From Chips to Brays | Hugh  buttonLink

From Chips to Brays

A Penguin Chick's Voice Change

Check out the awkward penguin moment when a chick’s cute chirps starts turning into the harsher adult penguin guttural brays.

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Animal Updates | Enrichment

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

So Long For Now! | Dominique  buttonLink

So Long For Now!

Sharing our enrichment projects with everyone has been a lot of fun. I hope you continue to notice and appreciate the enrichment you see around the Aquarium.

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Whale Watching

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Whales AND Sharks! | Julien  buttonLink

Whales AND Sharks!

It has been a very eventful September so far with blue whales lunge feeding, fin whales racing around the boat, Risso’s dolphins sightings and breaches, more humpback whales, and so many sharks!

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Animal Updates | Penguins | Volunteering

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Avery the Penguin’s Chick | Hugh  buttonLink

Avery the Penguin’s Chick

My favorite penguin from Brazil has a daughter

Avery was the first penguin I ever got to know personally. This year my favorite Magellanic Penguin, along with his mate Kate, has sired their first chick. And she’s a cutie!

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Animal Updates | Education | Enrichment

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

It’s Your Turn to Build Enrichments for the Animals! | Dominique  buttonLink

It’s Your Turn to Build Enrichments for the Animals!

Visit the new Enrichment Exploration Station cart where you can learn more about enhancing animal well-being and see some of the current enrichment devices we use. You can even help build an enrichment that will be given to our animals!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Conservation | Education | Whale Watching

Thursday, September 04, 2014

The Blues Continue to Amaze! | Julien  buttonLink

The Blues Continue to Amaze!

But What About the Dolphins?

The end of August has been pretty amazing with blue whale sightings every day! Along with the blue whales giving us great shows out there, minke whales and more humpbacks have been sighted too. These are baleen whales that have made themselves the stars of the shows, but what about the pre-show entertainment?

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