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Animal Updates | Invertebrates | Arts | Enrichment | Volunteering

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The “Finger”-Painting Octopus | Dominique  buttonLink

The “Finger”-Painting Octopus

Part 2

Part 2 of my adventures in building an enrichment object that would allow our giant Pacific octopus, Gunda, to paint.

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Animal Updates | Invertebrates | Arts | Enrichment

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

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The “Finger”-Painting Octopus

Part 1

Many of you have seen the seals and sea lions painting as an enrichment activity. Some zoos and aquariums even have elephants, giraffes and rhinos paint. If these smart mammals can do it, why can’t our octopus, the smartest invertebrate at the Aquarium? We decided to give our giant Pacific octopus, Gunda, the chance to try.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Conservation | Education | Whale Watching

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Fins and Minkes: The Other Guys! | Julien  buttonLink

Fins and Minkes: The Other Guys!

The blue whale definitely took center stage this summer with their amazing displays of size and appetite, but what about their smaller cousins? The blues have continued to give us great trips with their surface lunge feeding but the fin whales and minkes have also been around feeding along with the blues on the krill! Read on to learn about these other guys!

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Enrichment | Volunteering

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Introducing Dominique | Dominique  buttonLink

Introducing Dominique

Enrichment Volunteer

I’m sure many of you, over your visits to the Aquarium, have noticed chew- toys in the otter exhibit, lorikeets picking at carved pumpkins or melons, discarded parts from a popular, potato-faced children’s toy outside the octopus’s cave, and the sea lions hopping on and jumping off floating rafts in their exhibit. These are all types of animal enrichment.

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Animal Updates | Penguins | Volunteering

March of the Penguin Chicks | Hugh  buttonLink

March of the Penguin Chicks

Fall in line and prepare to smile. The penguin chicks are on the march!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Conservation | Education | Whale Watching

Friday, September 27, 2013

Familiar Flukes | Julien  buttonLink

Familiar Flukes

The end of August was full of excitement with more lunge feeding, krill at the surface and many familiar flukes! A part of our research on-board deals with identifying the different individuals of blues that visit us every year and we’ve had some whales come back to the area multiple times. Read more to find out which whales we have been sighting!

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Animal Updates | Fish | Sharks | Volunteering

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Target-Training a Shark | Hugh  buttonLink

Target-Training a Shark

Training a shark to participate in its own husbandry care.

How do you get a nearly 8 foot long free swimming shark out of the water for a checkup? With a sea lion or sea otter the animal can be trained to get into a transport kennel when asked. Nicky, an Aquarium of the Pacific aquarist, decided to train Fern the Zebra Shark to willingly swim onto a transport stretcher using the same training techniques used to train marine mammals.

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Animal Updates | Penguins | Volunteering

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Floyd and Roxy Have a Chick | Hugh  buttonLink

Floyd and Roxy Have a Chick

The Penguin Soap Opera Continues

The Penguin love triangle that involved the fair maiden from Brazil, the old veteran from San Diego and the young stud from San Francisco has produced a couple of cute chicks. It has also produced a strange twist in the Penguin Soap Opera in the June Keyes Penguin Exhibit.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Lunge Feeding Frenzies! | Julien  buttonLink

Lunge Feeding Frenzies!

So far, August has not disappointed as one of our best months to see blue whales! Not only are we seeing the blues but we are seeing them feeding on krill at the surface. This type of behavior is
called surface lunge feeding and it makes for a pretty memorable experience as a guest on board and even for us educators! Read on to hear more about our blue whale stories.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Friday, August 16, 2013

Harpo: the Charismatic Raspberry-blowing Sea Lion | Hugh  buttonLink

Harpo: the Charismatic Raspberry-blowing Sea Lion

As I was leaving the exhibit after a recent pinniped presentation a little kid excitedly ran up to me just say “I like your seal the best!”  The “seal” I was working with that day was Harpo the Sea Lion. This charismatic raspberry-blowing member of the species Zalophus californianus had made another fan!

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