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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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Monday, August 03, 2009

A Message to our RSS Subscribers | Anitza  buttonLink

In an effort to “clean house”, we are wrapping up loose ends on the RSS front. Please make sure to be subscribed to our blogs using http://feeds.feedburner.com/AquariumOfThePacificBlog/ . Any other blog feed will cease to update at the end of the week.

As an alternate, you may also subscribe using our newest feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/AquariumWebFeed/ . This one will update you on the most recent blog posts, AquaCasts, videos, and Aquarium news.

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Conservation | Mammals

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Miller the Sea Lion’s 29th Birthday | Hugh  buttonLink

Miller the Sea Lion’s 29th Birthday

One of the wonderful benefits of aquariums and zoos is that they allow some rescued wildlife a second chance at life. I at one time spent over a decade rescuing and rehabilitating wild marine mammals, so I know first hand that without these institutions many critters might have a disability or personality traits that would keep them from making it in the wild.

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Whale Watching | Mammals

Thursday, July 23, 2009

When Bottlenose and Risso’s Dolphins Mix! | Kera  buttonLink

When Bottlenose and Risso’s Dolphins Mix!

Just the other day I was talking to Alicia, my whale watching partner, and we were discussing how I haven’t seen any Risso’s dolphins this summer. Risso’s dolphins are usually here all summer long, and it’s not uncommon to see them on a trip when we’re looking for blue whales. Well I guess the Risso’s dolphins heard me because that’s all I’ve seen the last couple of days. More than I’ve EVER seen, and even better, they were mingling with bottlenose dolphins!!!

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Fish

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

New Look for the Tropical Pacific Gallery | Chris  buttonLink

New Look for the Tropical Pacific Gallery

Earlier this summer the Aquarium added an awesome new feature to our largest display aquarium in the building. We added skylights to the Tropical Pacific Gallery!

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Volunteering | Mammals

Thursday, July 16, 2009

SEA LION HIGH ENERGY BEHAVIORS | Hugh  buttonLink

SEA LION HIGH ENERGY BEHAVIORS

Just like human kids, young sea lions have a lot of energy. Because of this, the trainers at the Aquarium of the Pacific are teaching our young sea lions high energy behaviors to keep them mentally and physically fit.

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Animal Updates | Fish | Sharks | Education | Guest Speaker Series

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A Lecture Night at the Aquarium | Retired | Chris  buttonLink

A Lecture Night at the Aquarium

The Aquarium has many amazing programs that go on beyond our normal operating hours. I haven’t had the opportunity to take advantage of them before, but recently my schedule opened up and one night, I was able to!

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