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Animal Updates | Birds | Enrichment | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lorikeet Feeding Frenzy Time Lapse | Hugh  buttonLink

Lorikeet Feeding Frenzy Time Lapse

Just when you thought it was safe for apples to go back up onto trees. A time-lapse of lorikeets devouring apples and pears in Lorikeet Forest.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Education | Whale Watching

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Welcome to Peregian Beach – Gearing Up for BRAHSS 2014 | Karen  buttonLink

Welcome to Peregian Beach – Gearing Up for BRAHSS 2014

93 humans have also gathered in Peregian Beach, preparing for a huge coordinated season of research studying humpback whales in a project called BRAHSS (Behavioural Response of Australian Humpback Whales to Seismic Surveys).

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Whale Watching

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Very Humpbacky October | Julien  buttonLink

A Very Humpbacky October

Humpbacks galore and blues too!

The blue whales have still been making some cameo appearances, with around 40 sightings, even though the season has ended. Though we are seeing a few blues still perusing krill, the show stealers have continued to be the humpback whales! Just in the month of October, we had a total of twenty four humpback whale sightings with lots of exciting humpback behavior like tail lobbing and breaching.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Enrichment | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Otter Party Time-lapse | Hugh  buttonLink

Otter Party Time-lapse

Using piles of ice and treats filled toys the sea otters of the Aquarium of the Pacific are given a frozen enrichment landscape in which to party in. And they do party!  Check out the time-lapse video of their playtime.

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Education

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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