Thursday, January 15, 2015
Shark Training with Senior Aquarist Nicky and Fern the Zebra Shark
To a lot of people being in the water with a large shark conjures up the sounds of the JAWS theme in their minds. However if you’re in the water with Fern the Zebra Shark it’s more likely to conjure up the song “You got a friend in me.”
Thursday, January 08, 2015
The return of the CA51 Killer whale pod, gray whales, humpbacks, fins and more!
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Whales live in a world full of sound. The ocean was a noisy place even before humans started making a ruckus underwater with boat engines, blasting, construction, drilling, and seismic air gun noise; surf smashes against the beach, underwater volcanoes erupt, wind kicks up foamy white-capped waves, fish grunt, shrimp snap, dolphins click and whistle, and the list goes on. In the midst of all this racket, male humpback whales are trying to stage a romantic serenade.
Thursday, January 01, 2015
An Aquarium of the Pacific Volunteer's 2014 Photo Album
As we head into the New Year I thought we’d take a look back in pictures; this is a husbandry volunteer’s 2014 at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
More Killer Whales
Hello whale lovers! Since we are in the midst of the Holiday Season I wanted to give you all a short and sweet update about our recent killer whale and gray whale sightings! Read on to check it out…
What the Heck is a Theodolite Anyway?
Morning for the Emu Mountain survey team begins at 6:20 am. We gather outside in front of the daily schedule white boards, shaking off sleep and slathering on sunscreen. It’s already warm, and will be both hot and windy atop Emu Mountain. Splitting into groups we collect our gear – backpacks full of high-powered binoculars, laptops and batteries, clipboards with data sheets, and big red hard-sided cases holding the theodolites.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
A decade-long tradition continues. Building a snowman for the sea otters at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
There has certainly been quite a buzz around the area about our recent killer whale sightings! As mentioned briefly in the last blog, we did have a sighting last month on November 25th of about seven of the ETP (Eastern Tropical Pacific) killer whales. These are whales that are super rare for our waters from the Mexico and Central America area. After this sighting, which included a lot of great activity, they traveled further north. But that is not where the excitement ended!
Thursday, December 04, 2014
A tongue in cheek look at the differences
What’s the difference between a seal and a sea lion? Well a sea lion’s selfie would include all his buddies in the picture while a seal’s selfie would be just of itself. A tongue-in-cheek look at the differences between the two pinniped species.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Fin whales, Killer Whales, and our first Grays of the season!
Hello whale lovers! So much has been going on! As you have been reading in the previous blogs, we have been seeing tons of friendly humpback whales and a few blues. Even though the humpbacks, and even some blues, have still been around this month, the real show stealers have been the fin whales! It is common for us to see fin whales closer to shore in the fall since they tend to feed further offshore during the summer months. Just a few days ago, we spotted our first gray whale of the season! Also, meet one of our many amazing naturalists, Jennifer Thompson!