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Thursday, December 31, 2015

My How that Shark and Turtle Have Grown | Hugh  buttonLink

My How that Shark and Turtle Have Grown

When I get nostalgic about the critters I worked with during the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Grand Opening year in 1998 and still hang around with today I think of not only seals and otters but also sea turtles and sharks.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Education | Whale Watching

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Holiday Whales | Julien  buttonLink

Holiday Whales

Happy Holidays everyone! Last blog, we talked about the first few gray whales of the season, and since then, we have been seeing grays almost daily! According to the ACS/LA Gray Whale Census and Behavior Project, there have been 82 southbound gray whales since season started on December 1st.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Betty The Otter Kisses a Snowman | Hugh  buttonLink

Betty The Otter Kisses a Snowman

A Snowman for the Otter Tradition Continues

It’s a tradition of mine that’s been going on for well over a decade. The task of making the first snowman for the sea otters during the Holiday Treats for the Animals weekend at the Aquarium of the Pacific.This year was especially memorable when Betty the sea otter kissed the snowman.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Whale Watching

Thursday, December 10, 2015

It Must be Winter! | Julien  buttonLink

It Must be Winter!

Happy December everyone! It must be winter already since we have already started to see a few southbound gray whales during our whale watch tours!

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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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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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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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