Wednesday, January 14, 2009
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.
Sunday, January 04, 2009
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.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
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!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
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.
Thursday, December 04, 2008
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.
Friday, November 28, 2008
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.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
As secretary to the Aquarium’s Marine Research Conservation Institute, I find that I learn a lot more about conservation, ocean issues, and all sorts of other things as they relate to the Aquarium and to the world.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
The wonderful benefit about having various program animals around the Aquarium is how much you can learn from them. For instance, before I met one of our new program animals my perception of all porcupines was that of a slow awkward ground dwelling creature that was bristling with sharp needles pointed in all directions that was just waiting to impale your body. Needless to say that I was also sure that porcupines did not possess Positive Thigmotaxis like sea lions and did not like to be touched. Then I met Tito the porcupine.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Have you heard the news? A new resident has moved in to the Aquarium‘s Explorer‘s cove! He’s covered in stiff, sharp spines called quills. He has a big, round, fuzzy nose. He’s an expert climber with the aid of his prehensile tail. Welcome Tito the prehensile-tailed porcupine, the newest addition to the program animal family!
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
It’s one of those feel good episodes that makes me proud that I volunteer at the Aquarium of the Pacific. An injured endangered green sea turtle is nursed back to health by Aquarium staff and released back into the wild.