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Conservation | Volunteering | Mammals

Friday, September 14, 2007

Training: Why Do We Train Our Marine Mammals? | Staci  buttonLink

Training: Why Do We Train Our Marine Mammals?

Have you ever seen a sea lion speeding through the water like a torpedo and then doing a dynamic leap into the air?  A harbor seal gracefully twirling in her pool?  How about a sea otter coming up on deck and standing up on its rear flippers?  Chances are you have if you’ve observed any of our marine mammal training sessions here at the Aquarium.  Animals have always amazed me with their abilities and adaptations, and its always exciting to see them in action. However, it’s not all about fun and entertainment. Though entertainment and teaching the public about environmental conservation are extremely important, there are some other very important reasons we train our animals.  Reasons that directly benefit the animals themselves, and that’s what it’s all about.

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Conservation | Volunteering | Birds | Mammals

Thursday, September 13, 2007

RADIO FLYER The Wild Western Gull | Hugh  buttonLink

RADIO FLYER The Wild Western Gull

A wild Western gull chooses the Aquarium’s seal and sea lion exhibit to raise his young.

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Animal Updates | Sharks

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Bonnethead Sharks | Leah  buttonLink

Bonnethead Sharks

A New Addition to the Shark Lagoon Family!

We have a new addition to the Shark Lagoon family, a bonnethead shark. These sharks have a head shape similar to a hammerhead. It is so cute! Our newest addition is about 46 centimeters (18 inches) long on its way to a length of about 0.7-1 m (2.3-3.3 ft.). It is adjusting well to its new home and eating well on a diet of restaurant quality seafood.

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Fish | Sharks

Friday, September 07, 2007

Zebra Sharks! | David  buttonLink

Zebra Sharks!

Yin, Yang and their cartilaginous kin.

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Education | Volunteering

Thursday, September 06, 2007

The Randomness of it All | Brittany  buttonLink

The Randomness of it All

Read about the major celebrity that visited the Aquarium, some of the many reasons why I love interacting with guests, a tea party for a fellow staff member, and more!

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Education | Volunteering

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Sea Squirts and Other Children: Programs for All Ages | Josie  buttonLink

Sea Squirts and Other Children: Programs for All Ages

Summer always is a fun time for many, starting with children who attend various day camp programs offered by the Aquarium of the Pacific. But just because summer is ending doesn’t mean that the fun is over too. The educational, fun opportunities for youngsters abound, even during the school year, starting with children still in strollers to those ages 12 and older.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Friday, August 31, 2007

Meet the Newest Addition to Our Seal & Sea Lion Habitat! | Staci  buttonLink

Meet the Newest Addition to Our Seal & Sea Lion Habitat!

He’s handsome, he’s covered in fur, and he’s the newest resident of our Seal and Sea Lion Habitat! Meet Troy, our three-year-old male harbor seal. This past Thursday was Troy’s big day, as he was released into the 211,000 gallon Seal and Sea Lion Habitat to meet current residents Shelby, Ellie, Miller, and Parker. Since Troy’s arrival, many guests have asked me where our marine mammals come from so I’d like to take the opportunity to address that question here in my blog.

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Volunteering | Mammals

Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Seal with Abilities Beyond Her Disabilities | Hugh  buttonLink

The Seal with Abilities Beyond Her Disabilities

A blind harbor seal regains her ability to retrieve objects tossed into the exhibit and in doing so teaches her trainer not to underestimate those with a perceived disability.

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Conservation | Education | Volunteering

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

A View from the Dry Side | Corinne  buttonLink

A View from the Dry Side

An environment-hugger’s view of the Aquarium from the “dry side”.

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Animal Updates | Sharks | Volunteering

Monday, August 27, 2007

Washing, Raking, and Cleaning | Leah  buttonLink

Washing, Raking, and Cleaning

The Glamour of Shark Lagoon

Getting to feed the sharks is a great opportunity, but it also includes a lot of hard work!

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