Thursday, December 01, 2011
From blue whale season to gray whale season
Around this time when we first move into gray whale season, it can be slow at time when we’re anxiously waiting for the first gray whales to pass by. So far this year we’ve had no slow times at all! Read on to find out what we’ve been seeing that’s kept this year’s whale watching off the charts!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
There's always something interesting to photograph at the Aquarium of the Pacific
This week’s blog features 5 random snapshots from the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Need gift ideas for the holidays? I did some Santa legwork for you in the Aquarium’s gift store, Pacific Collections, and assembled a pretty nifty gift guide to get you started.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Spending time around the Magellanic Penguins
Karen, an aviculturist at the Aquarium of the Pacific, could see the big smile on my face after spending time around the penguins in their behind-the-scenes area. She could tell that I was catching “Penguin Fever,” the happiness that’s caused by being around these wonderful critters and their playful antics.
Friday, November 04, 2011
The whales are giving one heck of a finale!
We’re now into the first week of November and we’re still seeing blue and fin whales, and even a few humpbacks that have been in the area. Although the sightings are starting to get a little spotty, they’re still giving us a great show. Just this week we had some incredible lunge feeding and breaching whales!
Thursday, October 27, 2011
He’s one of the original inhabitants of Shark Lagoon. He looks big, bad and mean. But the Aquarists at the Aquarium of the Pacific know his deep down secret. He’s more Sherman from the comic strip Sherman’s Lagoon than Jaws from the movie Jaws. He is “Big Guy”, the Laid Backed Sand Tiger Shark.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
This has been another exceptional year for blue whale watching. We’ve had hundreds of sightings, seen some incredible behaviors, and had very consistent sightings. Around this time the blue whales are normally leaving the area, and the sightings become a little spotty, but the sightings have never been better. It would seem they’re a little late in making their way to the winter grounds, but you won’t hear me complaining!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
A Baby Sea Otter's Unique Way Of Doing Things
Most of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s sea otters either lay on their backs or their bellies when eating on deck. That is all except Ollie. If there is one thing I’ve learned about Ollie the Otter it is that she does many thing in her own style. Ollie does so many things in her own unique way that the mammalogists and volunteers that work with the sea otters have come to refer to these random moments as “Ollie being Ollie”.
Monday, October 10, 2011
The Aquarium will host four sessions on the future of Southern California’s water in its upcoming Aquatic Academy. How will climate change affect our water system? Has our state ever seen conditions like this before? What are state agencies doing to prepare? What can we do?
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Earlier this week the Aquarium had the unique opportunity to spend some time with Cascadia researchers as they went out on the Christopher (our main whale watching boat) to talk about some of the research they’re conducting right now. Read on to find out what we helped them do!