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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Introducing Aquarist Volunteer Chris Corpus | Chris  buttonLink

Introducing Aquarist Volunteer Chris Corpus

Hi there, fish-fans!  My name is Chris Corpus and I’m very excited to be joining the team of bloggers here at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

I have been studying and caring for fish as a hobby for over 10 years.  I have volunteered at the Aquarium for almost 2 years now, most of it as an aquarist in the Husbandry department.  What does an aquarist do?  Well, essentially being an aquarist is simply being a glorified janitor for fish!

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Mammals

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

PARKER THE SEA LION FINDS HIS BARK | Hugh  buttonLink

PARKER THE SEA LION FINDS HIS BARK

A new voice can be heard in the Seal and Sea Lion Exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific. No, there’s not a new animal in the waters of the exhibit. Instead, a new voice has been introduced because Parker the sea lion has finally discovered his “Big Boy” bark.

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10 Year Anniversary Stories | Volunteering | Birds | Mammals

Thursday, February 12, 2009

25 Random Things About The Aquarium Of The Pacific | Hugh  buttonLink

Since the theme of “25 Random Things About Me” seems to be the “now” thing at social networking sites lately; this week’s blog is about 25 random things about the Aquarium of the Pacific that you may or may not have known.

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Volunteering | Birds

Monday, February 02, 2009

LORIKEET HAPPY HOUR | Hugh  buttonLink

LORIKEET HAPPY HOUR

After a long day of entertaining visitors to Lorikeet Forest, Piper, Bo and the rest of the Lories occasionally look forward to an Avian “Happy Hour” after the last guest has left. These frenzied flock of feathered frolickers take in the fun of bowls of smoothies and nectar and the opening of the toy-box!

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Volunteering | Mammals

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Hugging A Seal | Hugh  buttonLink

Hugging A Seal

It’s such a heartwarming sight to the guests watching a seal training session. An Aquarium of the Pacific trainer is sitting next to a seal giving the animal a hug while it places one of its flippers on the trainer’s lap. This trained behavior may look cute but it serves an important purpose in caring for our pinnipeds.

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Conservation | Mammals

Sunday, January 04, 2009

RESCUING AN ENTANGLED GRAY WHALE | Hugh  buttonLink

RESCUING AN ENTANGLED GRAY WHALE

In my over 20 years of being involved with marine mammals I’ve had some memorable moments.  One of the most memorable was the day back in the early 1990s when a whale research crew that I was part of helped a Bay Watch Lifeguard rescue an entangled gray whale just offshore of the cliffs of Point Vicente.  The following story is about that day.

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Conservation

Thursday, December 18, 2008

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Green Snowflakes

Guests visiting the Aquarium of the Pacific during the holidays have noticed our beautiful snowflakes hanging throughout. They are always surprised to find out that they were made by staff and that they are easy to make yourself. Not only that, they are a great way to use up those old plastic six-pack rings!

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10 Year Anniversary Stories | Volunteering | Mammals

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Shelby the Harbor Seal | Hugh  buttonLink

Shelby the Harbor Seal

While Ellie, our eldest harbor seal who was born and raised in New York carries herself around with a reserved dignity that is reminiscent of the East Coast Socialite that she was named after, Shelby, our other female harbor seal is a definitely an outgoing California Girl.

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Volunteering | Mammals

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Parker The Sea Lion Gets Airborne | Hugh  buttonLink

Parker The Sea Lion Gets Airborne

For an animal in the ocean, the ability to leap out the water for a short period can enhance its survival, navigation and foraging capabilities. Parker the sea lion is learning how to demonstrate this ability as he is being trained by our staff to porpoise out of the water.

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Volunteering | Fish

Friday, November 28, 2008

Just a trim | David  buttonLink

Just a trim

Whenever you visit one of our touching exhibits with sting rays, you are sure to hear about how we trim the the stingers on our rays. Here is how it is done.

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