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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Grays Galore! | Julien  buttonLink

Grays Galore!

In the last blog I wrote about the killer whale pod, the CA51’s, being back again on the 6th of January, and guess what? They were back the following day on the 7th! So we had TWO days in a row with these whales and were very, very spoiled naturalists. Also, lots and lots of gray whale sightings!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Education

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How in the World Do You Sample a Whale? | Karen  buttonLink

How in the World Do You Sample a Whale?

It’s early morning onboard the small research boat Coda, and we already are a few miles offshore. Coda is a “RHIB,” a rigid-hulled inflatable boat. It looks like any other RHIB, with the addition of a giant metal Pinocchio nose- Coda’s professionally MacGyvered bowsprit (which is the bit sticking off the front of a boat) is an elevated, caged platform. This modified bowsprit design is used the world over in small-boat field research; it generally keeps researchers from falling overboard while sampling whales.

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Animal Updates | Fish | Sharks | Volunteering

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Who Knew You Could Cuddle a Shark? | Hugh  buttonLink

Who Knew You Could Cuddle a Shark?

Shark Training with Senior Aquarist Nicky and Fern the Zebra Shark

To a lot of people being in the water with a large shark conjures up the sounds of the JAWS theme in their minds. However if you’re in the water with Fern the Zebra Shark it’s more likely to conjure up the song “You got a friend in me.”

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Whale Watching

Thursday, January 08, 2015

The Hunters Return! | Julien  buttonLink

The Hunters Return!

The return of the CA51 Killer whale pod, gray whales, humpbacks, fins and more!

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Listening to Whales: Hydrophones, Headphones, and Singers in the Sea | Karen  buttonLink

Listening to Whales: Hydrophones, Headphones, and Singers in the Sea

Whales live in a world full of sound. The ocean was a noisy place even before humans started making a ruckus underwater with boat engines, blasting, construction, drilling, and seismic air gun noise; surf smashes against the beach, underwater volcanoes erupt, wind kicks up foamy white-capped waves, fish grunt, shrimp snap, dolphins click and whistle, and the list goes on. In the midst of all this racket, male humpback whales are trying to stage a romantic serenade.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Penguins | Sharks | Turtles | Volunteering

Thursday, January 01, 2015

My Aquarium Year In Pictures | Hugh  buttonLink

My Aquarium Year In Pictures

An Aquarium of the Pacific Volunteer's 2014 Photo Album

As we head into the New Year I thought we’d take a look back in pictures; this is a husbandry volunteer’s 2014 at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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