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Volunteering | Invertebrates

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Keeping Busy During The Long Beach Grand Prix | Chris  buttonLink

Keeping Busy During The Long Beach Grand Prix

Even when the Aquarium of the Pacific is closed to the public for the hubbub of the Long Beach Grand Prix, the work inside continues. In fact, for some of us the work INCREASES, because we have the opportunity to do some bigger projects that we can’t do during regular working days.

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Education | Whale Watching | Mammals

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Flippers, Fins, and Flukes, OH MY! | Kera  buttonLink

About a year ago, I was out on the boat as usual and was super excited to see all of the animals in the area. At this time, the gray whales had pretty much finished up migrating through our waters. We’d still see a few stragglers here and there. This was also the time that humpbacks poked their heads into our waters. Around this time every year we get humpback whales that also pass through here. Their migration is a little different and the majority of the humpback whales we see are coming from Central America and Mexico. I’d recently seen my first two humpback whales, and couldn’t wait to hopefully find more. And boy was I in for a surprise! On May 1, 2008, I got a very nice showing. I saw flippers, fins, and flukes, oh my!

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Volunteering | Birds | Mammals

Thursday, April 23, 2009

GRAND PRIX WEEKEND—SPENDING QUALITY TIME WITH THE CRITTERS OF THE AQUARIUM | Hugh  buttonLink

GRAND PRIX WEEKEND—SPENDING QUALITY TIME WITH THE CRITTERS OF THE AQUARIUM

Although during the weekend of the Long Beach Grand Prix the Aquarium of the Pacific is closed, the animals still need to be cared for and necessary facility maintenance can be taken care of. For a husbandry volunteer it may look like a thankless job to be working in an empty aquarium while the roar and excitement of the Grand Prix Celebrity race are just yards away outside the front entrance but in reality its a day that veteran volunteers look forward to. Its one of the few times of the year that the husbandry staff has the Aquarium critters to themselves and, after the necessary chores are done, can have a days worth of playtime with the animals.

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Whale Watching

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Gray Whales Traveling on the 405 Freeway | Kera  buttonLink

Gray Whales Traveling on the 405 Freeway

Every year the gray whale makes a migration that is longer than pretty much any other animal in the world. They start from way up in the northern waters of Alaska and the Bering Sea, and in October head south on a 6,000+ mile trip to the lagoons in Mexico. After spending a couple of months down there, they then head 6,000+ miles back up the coast, passing by us, just as if they were traveling back and forth on the 405 freeway. Who would have thought that whales would have to commute???

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Fish

Monday, April 13, 2009

Jewels of Our Local Waters | Chris  buttonLink

Jewels of Our Local Waters

I recently was asked why California doesn’t have as many “cool-looking fish” as places like Hawaii or the Caribbean. That question surprised me, because I think the answer is very different!

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Volunteering | Mammals

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Getting to Know Brook the Sea Otter | Hugh  buttonLink

Getting to Know Brook the Sea Otter

Even though I’ve known Brook the sea otter since the Aquarium of the Pacific opened in 1998, this spring I will have the opportunity to work with her without a piece of Plexiglass between us and get to see parts of her personality that I haven’t experienced before.

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Whale Watching

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Join Kera and Alicia as They Report on the Aquarium’s Whale Watching Endeavors! | Kera  buttonLink

Join Kera and Alicia as They Report on  the Aquarium’s Whale Watching Endeavors!

Welcome fellow whale lovers!  My name is Kera Mathes, and along with Alicia Archer, we will be blogging on all of our amazing adventures on our daily whale watching trips on a 65ft. catamaran with Harbor Breeze Tours!  Hopefully you’ve had a chance to get on the water with some aquarium staff and volunteers, but if not, check here to see what’s been happening on the water.

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Volunteering | Mammals

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Brushing Shelby the Harbor Seal’s Teeth | Hugh  buttonLink

Brushing Shelby the Harbor Seal’s Teeth

For people, a good tooth brushing is needed to take off or prevent buildup on your teeth. When one of our seals gets build-up on its teeth, it also gets a good tooth brushing.

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Animal Updates | Fish

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Pacific Seahorse | Retired | Chris  buttonLink

The Pacific Seahorse

One of the most fulfilling parts of an Aquarist’s work is raising baby fish and invertebrates to adulthood. Here at the Aquarium of the Pacific, we have successfully bred many different species of animals.

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Mammals

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Notes from an Encounter with a Stejneger’s Beaked Whale | Hugh  buttonLink

Notes from an Encounter with a Stejneger’s Beaked Whale

A decade ago this summer, I spent two hours in the water caring for a distressed Stejneger’s Beaked Whale. In this week’s blog I will be sharing some of my observation notes from my encounter with this mysterious, rarely seen alive cetacean.

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