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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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Volunteering

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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