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Conservation | Volunteering | Birds

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Make Way For Ducklings | Hugh  buttonLink

Make Way For Ducklings

The staff at the Aquarium not only talks the talk when it comes to protecting Nature—-they also walk the walk and for a family of ducks, they were their Guardian Angels. This is the story of how three husbandry staffers helped a female Mallard and her eight ducklings make it through the urban jungle of Long Beach and safely to the water in the Aquarium of the Pacific’s version of MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS.

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Education | Mammals

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Leading an Animal Encounter:  Sea Otters | Staci  buttonLink

Leading an Animal Encounter:  Sea Otters

In addition to continuing to blog about some of the goings-on in the Marine Mammal Department, I thought it would be nice to share some stories from other parts of the Aquarium as well!  I’ve recently started as an Aquarist Volunteer in our Tropical Gallery, and I continue to be part of the paid staff in the Education Department.  Each job brings new and exciting duties, and this past week was the first time I was able to lead one of our Animal Encounters focusing on one of my favorite animals:  the sea otter. Ever wondered how we prepare for our Sea Otter Encounter and what happens during the two-hour tour?

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Education | Volunteering

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Teamwork between agencies makes port area safer | Josie  buttonLink

Teamwork between agencies makes port area safer

Thanks to our inter-departmental Emergency Operations Center-which works to ensure that we can handle emergencies to safeguard the well-being of our guests, staff, and animals-and the cooperation of area emergency response agencies, I feel quite safe here, at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Fish | Sharks

Friday, May 09, 2008

Everybody, lets welcome Ginger Bling! | David  buttonLink

Everybody, lets welcome Ginger Bling!

Shark Lagoon welcomed a new resident late last year—a sandbar shark! Her name is Ginger Bling and, let me tell you, she is one gorgeous fishy!

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Volunteering | Mammals

Thursday, May 08, 2008

The Seal that Rescued a Rescuer | Hugh  buttonLink

The Seal that Rescued a Rescuer

I’ve been asked by visitors to the Aquarium what my favorite pinniped is. Most of them expect my answer to be either the California sea lion (like Miller) or the Harbor seal (like Ellie) because of how much I work and play with these critters. They are surprised when I tell them that the Elephant seal is actually my favorite. This is the story of how a young elephant seal once saved this volunteer from a mauling by a pack of wild animals.

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Education | Volunteering | Reptiles | Turtles

Monday, April 28, 2008

Chickens aren’t the only ones | Josie  buttonLink

Chickens aren’t the only ones

I spent another day with the kindergarteners at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, with which the Aquarium of the Pacific has a partnership, helping Emily teach this month’s science lesson on eggs. We showed the children that chickens aren’t the only animals that lay eggs, and they were totally amazed when they saw how large a leatherback turtle grows, after being born from an egg that is roughly the size of a ping-pong ball.

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Education | Volunteering

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Water Works:  Where Our Water Comes From | Staci  buttonLink

Water Works:  Where Our Water Comes From

Roughly 12,500 Pacific Ocean animals representing almost 500 species reside here at the Aquarium.  No matter what their differences in appearance or habitat, all of them rely on one very important ingredient in their daily lives: seawater.

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Volunteering | Fish

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

SKIPPY THE MUDSKIPPER | Hugh  buttonLink

SKIPPY THE MUDSKIPPER

In an odd paradox; when one visits the home of Skippy the Mudskipper one has to look underwater for snakes and above water for fish. Skippy and his mudskipper buddies are quite entertaining to watch so this week’s blog also includes a video of Skippy who acts more like a dog than a fish.

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Fish | Sharks

Friday, April 18, 2008

Egg identification | David  buttonLink

Egg identification

Everyday, the sharks at Shark Lagoon lay lots of eggs. This time, I am going to give y’all a break down of all the different kinds of eggs you can expect to see at Shark Lagoon.

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Birds

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Lorikeets are loads of colorful fun! | Josie  buttonLink

Lorikeets are loads of colorful fun!

Lorikeet Forest was closed for a few weeks, so as soon I could, I made sure to get right back in there to see our colorful little friends and admire an exhibit upgrade that includes some new landscaping, a little remodeling of the shaded area enclosure, and new fencing. It looks pretty spiffy! Watching the birds cavort around, as they interacted with our guests, brought me back to a few amusing moments that I’ve spent in this habitat.

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