Tuesday, December 23, 2014
What the Heck is a Theodolite Anyway?
Morning for the Emu Mountain survey team begins at 6:20 am. We gather outside in front of the daily schedule white boards, shaking off sleep and slathering on sunscreen. It’s already warm, and will be both hot and windy atop Emu Mountain. Splitting into groups we collect our gear – backpacks full of high-powered binoculars, laptops and batteries, clipboards with data sheets, and big red hard-sided cases holding the theodolites.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
A decade-long tradition continues. Building a snowman for the sea otters at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
There has certainly been quite a buzz around the area about our recent killer whale sightings! As mentioned briefly in the last blog, we did have a sighting last month on November 25th of about seven of the ETP (Eastern Tropical Pacific) killer whales. These are whales that are super rare for our waters from the Mexico and Central America area. After this sighting, which included a lot of great activity, they traveled further north. But that is not where the excitement ended!
Thursday, December 04, 2014
A tongue in cheek look at the differences
What’s the difference between a seal and a sea lion? Well a sea lion’s selfie would include all his buddies in the picture while a seal’s selfie would be just of itself. A tongue-in-cheek look at the differences between the two pinniped species.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Fin whales, Killer Whales, and our first Grays of the season!
Hello whale lovers! So much has been going on! As you have been reading in the previous blogs, we have been seeing tons of friendly humpback whales and a few blues. Even though the humpbacks, and even some blues, have still been around this month, the real show stealers have been the fin whales! It is common for us to see fin whales closer to shore in the fall since they tend to feed further offshore during the summer months. Just a few days ago, we spotted our first gray whale of the season! Also, meet one of our many amazing naturalists, Jennifer Thompson!
Thursday, November 20, 2014
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.
Tuesday, November 04, 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).
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
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.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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.