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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

5 Things to Know About the Vaquita | In Focus  buttonLink

5 Things to Know About the Vaquita

Vaquita porpoises, at 5 feet long, are the smallest-known species of whale. They inhabit a small region in the northern Gulf of California and are at severe risk of going extinct.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Little Orphan Ollie | Hugh  buttonLink

Little Orphan Ollie

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video number 16

Six years have passed since “Little Orphan Ollie” first came to the Aquarium of the Pacific and I again became an Otter Pop to a precocious little sea otter pup.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Balloons and Breaching Blues! | Retired | Julien  buttonLink

Balloons and Breaching Blues!

Hi, whale fans! As I write this, I am thinking about all the amazing blog posts and photos and stories I have written about these last few years. Alas, this will be my last blog post, since I am growing a human, and she will be arriving very soon! But, I wanted to go out with a bang! So, I am finally going to reveal what my personal research has been about in my master’s program in Informal Science Education at Cal State Long Beach: balloons! More on this, and breaching baby blue whales and current sighting updates!

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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Sea Turtles in the Neighborhood | Hugh  buttonLink

Sea Turtles in the Neighborhood

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 8

Because they are so accessible to the local folks of Long Beach and the surrounding area I like to refer to the green sea turtles that colonize the San Gabriel River as Urban Sea Turtles.

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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Tripod the Urban Sea Turtle | Hugh  buttonLink

Tripod the Urban Sea Turtle

The sea turtle made famous by KPCC and National Public Radio.

Tripod is a medium to small green sea turtle that calls the San Gabriel River near Long Beach and Seal Beach home. What sets this little turtle apart from others in the colony of sea turtles that reside in this urban river environment is that it’s nationally known.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Fin Whale News | Julien  buttonLink

Fin Whale News

You may have read in the local news that we recently had a deceased fin whale wash ashore near the port of LA in San Pedro on Friday, April 10th. With the response from the NOAA West Coast Stranding Network and some initial observations, it looks like the whale died from blunt force trauma and suffered internal injuries. The researchers concluded that this was the result of a ship strike and the whale may have been struck…

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

10 Thing You Should Know About the Urban Sea Turtle of Los Angeles | Hugh  buttonLink

10 Thing You Should Know About the Urban Sea Turtle of Los Angeles

Since 2008 the Aquarium of the Pacific has been collecting observational data on the sea turtles of the San Gabriel River. The northern most colony of green sea turtles in the world. Here are 10 things you need to know about these unexpected residents.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Grays Galore! | Julien  buttonLink

Grays Galore!

In the last blog I wrote about the killer whale pod, the CA51’s, being back again on the 6th of January, and guess what? They were back the following day on the 7th! So we had TWO days in a row with these whales and were very, very spoiled naturalists. Also, lots and lots of gray whale sightings!

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Update: Killer Whales and Grays! | Julien  buttonLink

Update: Killer Whales and Grays!

More Killer Whales

Hello whale lovers! Since we are in the midst of the Holiday Season I wanted to give you all a short and sweet update about our recent killer whale and gray whale sightings! Read on to check it out…

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Killer Holiday Season | Julien  buttonLink

A Killer Holiday Season

There has certainly been quite a buzz around the area about our recent killer whale sightings! As mentioned briefly in the last blog, we did have a sighting last month on November 25th of about seven of the ETP (Eastern Tropical Pacific) killer whales. These are whales that are super rare for our waters from the Mexico and Central America area. After this sighting, which included a lot of great activity, they traveled further north. But that is not where the excitement ended!

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