Thursday, June 26, 2014
The Story of the Bryde’s Whales and the First Blue of the Season!
This is a whale we have never blogged about and it is an honor to do so! The name of these whales remind me that it is wedding season; Bryde’s, but don’t let the name confuse you. It is pronounced Brū-de or Brū-des whale. The reason I am mentioning them is because we just had two sightings, something super rare and I have never seen in the four years I have been here! ALSO, THE FIRST BLUE!
Monday, June 23, 2014
Not old enough to partake in breeding activities the penguin youngsters have been keeping themselves occupied by taking walks around the Aquarium of the Pacific. Check out the video of some of the places at the aquarium they’ve waddled into as they meet sea lions, seals, otters, trout, and guests.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
The fish at the Aquarium enjoy enrichment, just like our other animals. And they can be quite good at the puzzle solving required by some enrichments, especially with the right motivation… food!
Thursday, June 05, 2014
The Guam Micronesian Kingfisher
It sometimes gives me the chills when I see these beautiful birds during my Aquarium volunteer shift. The Guam Micronesian Kingfisher is extinct in the wild. When I look at them I feel like I’m seeing living ghosts.
Friday, May 30, 2014
We have officially said goodbye to the grays as we transition into blue whale season, though we are still seeing a few cow/calf pairs heading north. Read on to see the final numbers and read about our humpback whale surprise!
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Frozen Treats for Ian
Aquarium staff and volunteers participated in an enrichment challenge put on by the IAATE to create inspired bird enrichment deceives using rubber. Check out the third of three creative enrichments we came up with and see all the fun our birds had!
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Brook is the oldest female Southern Sea Otter under zoological care. This May she turned 17 years old. Many know her as the light saber-wielding Darth Otter from the online viral video. However this otter is more Yoda than Vader.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Gray whale season is winding down but we had a pretty exciting April with around 36 cow/calf pairs of grays heading back up north so the females can eat again and wean their calves. Read on to see news on humpbacks, killer whales, dolphins, and a rare bird!
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Pompoms for the Lorikeets
Aquarium staff and volunteers participated in an enrichment challenge put on by the IAATE to create inspired bird enrichment deceives using rubber. Check out the second of three creative enrichments we came up with and see all the fun our birds had!
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Why watch television soap operas and sitcoms at home when you can just come down to Long Beach and be entertained by the wee waddling wayfarers known as Magellanic Penguins. Warning! Way-too-cute penguin video Ahead!