Thursday, February 18, 2010
But they're still not in the clear!
When we go out on our daily cruises, we see a large variety of birds. A good chunk of the birds are brown pelicans. They are such an incredible animal to watch hunt as they’re the bird that does a nosedive right into the water at crazy speeds. They were on the endangered species list until just recently, but that doesn’t mean they’re in the clear just yet.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Coming soon: Visitors to the Aquarium of the Pacific may get a chance to meet one of my favorite harbor seals, Shelby, up close and personal.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
An update and expansion from the last blog.
Now that we’re into February that also means that we’re well into gray whale season. We’re seeing quite a few southbound whales, including cow-calf pairs still. If the pregnant females are going down there to have babies, who are all the other whales going down there? Read on to find out about the different groups of gray whales heading south!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
In the second test video of sea lion-cam our aquatic photographer, Milo the sea lion, shows off his acrobatic abilities as he spins, twists, and leaps his way through the seal and sea lion exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
The times that I spent swimming around sea lions made me admire their grace and power as they glided through their liquid domain. I wondered what it would be like to propel oneself out of the water like they do during a porpoise or other maneuver so powerfully and efficiently below the surface. This curiosity recently led me to construct an underwater camera rig that one of the Aquarium’s sea lions could voluntarily hold during one of our pinniped presentations so that we could get a look at a sea lion’s point-of view of a session. This week’s blog features a video of the first test of my “Sea Lion-Cam”.
Thursday, January 07, 2010
In addition to the fins and a humpback
We have officially spotted our first gray whales for the season! They seem to be right on schedule, and hopefully they’ll keep on coming. There have also been a good number of fin whales, and even a humpback.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Even though the Aquarium of the Pacific was closed on Christmas Day there was a small cadre of husbandry folks spending part of their holiday taking care of the animals. For this volunteer it was a small way of giving back to the critters that have given him so much joy over the years.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
That's more rare than pigs flying!
I thought for sure I’d seen something spectacular when I saw a fin whale fluke this last year since they are a whale that is very shy with their tale. But on December 17, 2009, they decided to show me something even more amazing… a breaching show!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
A snowy scene complete with a snowman. Curious eyes glancing from fur coats scanning the scene for presents left for them. Holiday Cheer filling the air as stockings are hung and colorful strings of lights glow. Tis the season for the sea otters of the Aquarium of the Pacific to enjoy the festivities of the “Holiday Treats For The Animals.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
We’re a bit into December now and at this time we’re waiting for the gray whales to start passing by as they head south for the winter. While we’re out looking for the first grays, besides looking at the seals, sea lions, a variety of dolphins and sea birds, we’re STILL seeing blue whales!