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Friday, December 04, 2015

What Should Be Parker’s Profile Picture? | Hugh  buttonLink

What Should Be Parker’s Profile Picture?

If Parker the sea lion had a social media page, what should be his profile picture?

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Education | Whale Watching

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Killer Whales Make an Appearance! | Julien  buttonLink

Killer Whales Make an Appearance!

On Thursday November 19, we were graced with the presence of the infamous CA51 Bigg’s killer whale pod. The whale watch that day was a little unusual since the first trip out that day had a very quiet ocean with not much wildlife present, while the second trip came upon four very tall, black dorsal fins of the ‘black and whites’. Also in strange animal news, a giant oarfish found on the shore in Palos Verdes!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Ollie The Sea Otter Shows Off Old Glory | Hugh  buttonLink

Ollie The Sea Otter Shows Off Old Glory

Ollie being Ollie

What happens when Ollie the sea otter encounters an American flag made of ice? Well Ollie being Ollie she parades the colors past aquarium guests. Check out the video of this Patriotic otter.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

You saw WHAT on the Whale Watch?! | Julien  buttonLink

You saw WHAT on the Whale Watch?!

This is the phrase that has been circulating around the office, and around other whale watch organizations around Southern California. El Niño is definitely doing what it has set out to do; raise the water temperatures off of our coast. Our local waters have been in the 70’s, and with it, comes a whole new slew of animal life who are following their prey, and that prey following their prey, and so on down the food web.

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Animal Updates | Invertebrates | Volunteering

Thursday, November 05, 2015

The Octopus and the Zombie Sea Stars | Hugh  buttonLink

The Octopus and the Zombie Sea Stars

Sunflower Stars attempt to steal treats from a Giant Pacific Octopus.

What happens when you give an octopus a Halloween pumpkin filled with tasty treats? Well its lair gets visited by sea star Trick-or-Treaters.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Anatomy of a Sea Lion Buddy Picture | Hugh  buttonLink

Anatomy of a Sea Lion Buddy Picture

How to take a Besties shot with Harpo the sea lion.

The image looks simple enough. An Aquarium staffer and a sea lion perched side by side. Their arms and flipper are around each other in a friendly embrace while posing for a picture. It’s just one of the perks of being a long-time husbandry volunteer. Sounds easy right? Well taking that photo involved more than you might think.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Humpbacks for Days! | Julien  buttonLink

Humpbacks for Days!

Hello whale enthusiasts! I am back from a short break from my vacation and ready to catch you, and myself, up with everything going on with the whales! What did we miss? A LOT OF HUMPBACKS!

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

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Aquarium Critter Shorts | Hugh  buttonLink

Aquarium Critter Shorts

An anthropomorphic look at some of the antics of the aquarium animals

This week I’d like to share a few anthropomorphic video shorts of some of the critters at the aquarium. A sea lion doing his best Chris Paul imitations with a basketball. A sea otter trying to take a good selfie. And even what happens after two penguins get romantically involved.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Fish | Mammals | Penguins | Sharks | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Before the Doors Open | Hugh  buttonLink

Before the Doors Open

There is a lot of work that goes on before the doors open to the public each morning at the Aquarium of the Pacific. This week’s blog includes a time-lapse video of the Aquarium staff’s pre-opening tasks.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Sea Otter Selfie | Hugh  buttonLink

Sea Otter Selfie

A Sea Otter with a Selfie Stick?

What happens when you place a GoPro on one of the sea otter’s target poles? Why you create an otter selfie stick!

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