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Animal Updates | Mammals | Whale Watching

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Orcas on the Way? | Kera  buttonLink

Orcas on the Way?

Anyone that’s ever chatted with me about whales has probably learned that my all-time favorite animal is the orca a.k.a. killer whale. Out of everything I want to study and be around, orcas are my number one! I’ve recently gotten a report that a pod of orcas are on the way and might be in Long Beach this week!

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Volunteering | Mammals

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Paintings by Sea Lions | Hugh  buttonLink

Paintings by Sea Lions

Some of our intelligent and highly talented sea lions are learning a new way to express themselves. They are adding the art of painting to their abilities.

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Animal Updates | Reptiles | Whale Watching

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Blue Whale Season Isn’t Over Yet! | Kera  buttonLink

Blue Whale Season Isn’t Over Yet!

Even though our summer has winded down, the blue whales and other wildlife haven’t seemed to notice. The blue whales won’t be here for too much longer, but they’re still showing strong. On my trip out a few days ago I saw six blue whales and bottlenose dolphins! What a trip!

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Fish | Sharks

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Caring For A Tiger Shark | Chris  buttonLink

Caring For A Tiger Shark

Tiger sharks are a sensitive species that are rare to find in captivity.  Check out some of the steps we took at the Aquarium to ensure our tiger shark successfully joined our family of volunteers, staff, birds, mammals, and fish!

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Video | Volunteering | Birds | Mammals

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Early Morning at the Aquarium of the Pacific | Hugh  buttonLink

Early Morning at the Aquarium of the Pacific

My favorite time on Saturday mornings during my weekly volunteer shift at the Aquarium of the Pacific is the hour just after the Aquarium opens and just before the majority of our guests arrive. This week’s blog includes a short point-of-view video shot last Saturday via a “volunteer-cam” in an attempt to share with you, the reader, a bit of the magic of that first hour of the day.

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Whale Watching | Mammals

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Something I’ve Only Ever Talked About…Until Now! | Kera  buttonLink

Something I’ve Only Ever Talked About…Until Now!

“Why are the blue whales here?” is a common question I get while working on the boat. The answer I most often reply with is “They’re here because they’re feeding on krill which is a small, shrimp-like animal.”  Typically the krill they eat are pretty deep, around 500 feet or so, but I always mention how on rare occasions the krill are at the surface and the blue whales will lunge feed at the surface. I’ve never seen it done … until now!

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Volunteering | Mammals

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Hugh’s Top Ten Reasons For Volunteering 5000 Hours At The Aquarium Of The Pacific | Hugh  buttonLink

Hugh’s Top Ten Reasons For Volunteering 5000 Hours At The Aquarium Of The Pacific

No matter what part of the country my business travels may take me during the workweek, be it the urban maze of New York, the wilds of Alaska, the mountains of Colorado or the swamps of the Carolinas, I’ve always made it a point of getting back to Southern California in time to cover my Saturday volunteer shift at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Sometimes it’s meant taking a late red-eye flight or finding an unusual connection through tiny airports but somehow the majority of the times I’ve managed to make it back to cover my shift. In fact this month I’ve recorded my 5000th hour as a volunteer at the Aquarium. 

To commemorate this personal milestone this week’s blog is a list of the top ten reasons why I’ve volunteered so many hours to the Aquarium.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Whale Watching

Thursday, August 20, 2009

How Do Whales Nurse? Let’s Find Out! | Kera  buttonLink

How Do Whales Nurse? Let’s Find Out!

The past few weeks, we’ve been seeing a decent number of cow/calf pairs of blue whales. Just recently I got word that a calf was seen nursing!  Now even though I haven’t witnessed this with blue whales myself, I did recently get to see beluga whales nursing!

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Volunteering | Fish | Sharks

Monday, August 17, 2009

Feeding Time With Our New Tiger Shark | Chris  buttonLink

Feeding Time With Our New Tiger Shark

As you may have heard, the Aquarium now has a young female tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) on exhibit in Shark Lagoon! In honor of this groundbreaking display, I’ll be writing about the beautiful girl for my next couple blogs. Recently, I had the opportunity to be up close and personal for a Saturday morning feeding.

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Volunteering | Mammals

Thursday, August 13, 2009

CHECKING OUT THE SEA OTTERS | Hugh  buttonLink

CHECKING OUT THE SEA OTTERS

One of my newer duties at the Aquarium of the Pacific is to work with the sea otters in their home in the Northern Pacific Gallery. As I build my relationship with the otters and learn more about their personalities, I am beginning to interact with them using some of the more important husbandry behaviors that allows the staff to check over the animals health. Husbandry behaviors are behaviors that are taught to an animal to allow their human caretakers to monitor their health without causing undo stress.

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