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Thursday, August 21, 2014

What a Summer We are Having! | Julien  buttonLink

What a Summer We are Having!

Hello whale fans! I am back and am so excited to report all the cetacean activity we have been having this summer! If you have had a chance to go out on the water then you may have an idea of how thrilling our trips have been. If you have not, you should take a few hours to see some amazing marine life with us! Blues, fins, minkes, humpbacks, dolphins, mola molas and even a thresher shark! Read on to learn more.

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Animal Updates | Sharks | Conservation | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hug-A-Shark | Hugh  buttonLink

Hug-A-Shark

Tonic immobility Training

Nicky is a senior aquarist at the Aquarium of the Pacific who loves sharks. Fern is a zebra shark who ruins the stereotype of her kind by being intelligent and gentle around humans. Together they’ve teamed up to show just how wonderful our relationship with sharks can be.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Conservation | Education | Whale Watching

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Finally, Confirmation of a Mystery Whale from 2011! | Kera  buttonLink

Finally, Confirmation of a Mystery Whale from 2011!

Hello Aquarium blog readers! It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog, but I have to say, Julien has been doing a fabulous job of writing whale blogs in the meantime! I wanted to jump in and write a blog this week because I recently got confirmation that a mystery whale I spotted a few YEARS ago was a…of course you have to read on to find out!

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Animal Updates | Turtles | Conservation | Volunteering

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Urban Sea Turtle ID | Hugh  buttonLink

Urban Sea Turtle ID

Photo-Identifying the Green Sea Turtles in the San Gabriel River

Since 2008 I’ve been photographing the urban green sea turtles in the San Gabriel River. This colony was little known until recently. It is one of Nature’s best kept secrets in Southern California. With six years of images of surfacing sea turtles on file we’ve started going through the photos trying to identify individual turtles.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Et tu, Brude? | Julien  buttonLink

Et tu, Brude?

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!

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Animal Updates | Birds | Conservation | Volunteering

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Extinct in the Wild | Hugh  buttonLink

Extinct in the Wild

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.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

May of Grays | Julien  buttonLink

May of Grays

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!

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

April Recap & the Return of the Killer Whales! | Julien  buttonLink

April Recap & the Return of the Killer Whales!

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!

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Animal Updates | Birds | Conservation | Volunteering

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Skim Hunting Osprey | Hugh  buttonLink

Skim Hunting Osprey

An Osprey's out of the ordinary fish hunting technique.

One of the benefits of being out in the field recording data on the Green Sea Turtles of the San Gabriel River for NOAA and the Aquarium of the Pacific is that Nature is always putting on a show. This past weekend we were fortunate to witness a rare hunting technique sometimes utilized by Ospreys. Skim Hunting.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Parenting and Predation | Julien  buttonLink

Parenting and Predation

We have had some exciting trips out on the water with the small spring storms and more of the northbound gray whale migration! We have still been seeing many juveniles heading north, which makes sense since many of the whales without calves are the first to pass our coast.

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