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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Celebrating Ellie the Harbor Seal’s 20th Birthday | Hugh  buttonLink

Celebrating Ellie the Harbor Seal’s 20th Birthday

On May 16th 1989 a female harbor seal was born in Brooklyn, New York. She was named Elga in honor of a local philanthropist. In 1998 Elga found her way to California where she helped open the new Aquarium of the Pacific as one of the main attractions in the Southern California Baja Gallery.  At the Long Beach-based Aquarium, the seal’s East Coast sounding Elga became the more SoCal sounding Ellie. On May 16th, 2009 the Saturday marine mammal crew celebrated her 20th birthday.

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

The Pinniped Exhibit by the Numbers and Ellie the Seal’s Upcoming Birthday | Hugh  buttonLink

The Pinniped Exhibit by the Numbers and Ellie the Seal’s Upcoming Birthday

Based on my totally unscientific calculations more than one million visitors have seen our seal and sea lion presentations and our eldest sea lion has eaten over a hundred thousand herring while here at the Aquarium of the Pacific.  This week’s blog not only includes the Pinniped Exhibit by the numbers, but also an update on Ellie the Harbor Seal’s upcoming 20th birthday.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

25 Random Things About The Aquarium Of The Pacific | Hugh  buttonLink

Since the theme of “25 Random Things About Me” seems to be the “now” thing at social networking sites lately; this week’s blog is about 25 random things about the Aquarium of the Pacific that you may or may not have known.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Shelby the Harbor Seal | Hugh  buttonLink

Shelby the Harbor Seal

While Ellie, our eldest harbor seal who was born and raised in New York carries herself around with a reserved dignity that is reminiscent of the East Coast Socialite that she was named after, Shelby, our other female harbor seal is a definitely an outgoing California Girl.

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Monday, September 08, 2008

Reflections of earlier times at the Aquarium of the Pacific | Guest Blogger  buttonLink

Reflections of earlier times at the Aquarium of the Pacific

When Perry Hampton arrived in Long Beach in February of 1997 from Baltimore, one of his first duties was to help establish holding facilities for the many animals they would soon begin to accumulate for the Aquarium’s exhibits. These facilities provided interesting challenges and had them improvising creative solutions to problems on a daily basis. Perry Hampton is the Director of Husbandry at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Remembering Grand Opening Day | Hugh  buttonLink

Remembering Grand Opening Day

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The first animal that I worked with on the Grand Opening day was Ellie the harbor seal. Her old feeding station was right next to the Plexiglas window in front of the seating area. Ellie was a very intelligent and patient seal with her rookie feeder that day. Ten years later, she’s still is with her now veteran volunteer.

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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

10 Year Anniversary Blog - Claudia Harden | Guest Blogger  buttonLink

10 Year Anniversary Blog - Claudia Harden

Claudia Harden, currently a presenter at the Aquarium, shares her experiences of being a charter volunteer and touring the Aquarium before construction was completed.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

TOPAZ: THE CAT THAT THE AQUARIUM WAS BUILT AROUND | Hugh  buttonLink

TOPAZ: THE CAT THAT THE AQUARIUM WAS BUILT AROUND

Which animal at the Aquarium of the Pacific has been there the longest? Is it one of the sea otters? Perhaps it’s one of the seals? Maybe even one of the sharks? Actually the animal with the longest tenure at the Aquarium is Topaz the cat. Now… I know what you’re thinking: What is a cat doing at an aquarium? Well, truth be told, Topaz was here at the site way before the first fish ever swam here. This is his story.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

BEFORE THE AQUARIUM—-A Quick Long Beach History Lesson | Hugh  buttonLink

BEFORE THE AQUARIUM—-A Quick Long Beach History Lesson

The land that the Aquarium of the Pacific sits on was once offshore of an old rollercoaster called the Cyclone Racers. With photographs, this week’s blog explores a bit of the history of the Rainbow Harbor area.

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

HUGH’S TOP TEN AQUARIUM MEMORIES AND EXPERIENCES | Hugh  buttonLink

HUGH’S TOP TEN AQUARIUM MEMORIES AND EXPERIENCES

This June 20th is the tenth anniversary of the Grand Opening of the Aquarium of the Pacific back in 1998. However, this June 6th is my ten year anniversary of the day that I started volunteering at the Aquarium. To commemorate my anniversary day, this week’s blog is about my top ten Aquarium memories and experiences.

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