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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Green Team Field Trip to Santa Barbara Zoo | Josie  buttonLink

Green Team Field Trip to Santa Barbara Zoo

Members of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Green Team visited the Santa Barbara Zoo recently to learn about the green initiatives practiced there, in an effort to learn how other institutions are helping to green the planet.

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Conservation | Volunteering | Birds | Turtles

Thursday, September 11, 2008

NOTES FROM THE RIVER | Hugh  buttonLink

NOTES FROM THE RIVER

“Dude” the sea turtle, “White-Tip” the Coyote and other critters observed from the banks of the San Gabriel River.

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Animal Updates | Reptiles | Conservation | Volunteering

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Animal Spotlight:  The California Desert Tortoise | Staci  buttonLink

Animal Spotlight:  The California Desert Tortoise

Earlier this year, fellow blogger and marine mammal volunteer Hugh introduced our readers to the Aquarium’s Program Animals. Just because we’re an Aquarium doesn’t mean you won’t find a few terrestrial animals here and there!  Our Program Animals, made up of a group of reptiles, birds, and mammals, serve as animal ambassadors by helping us educate our guests about the importance of the relationships between the land and the ocean, as well as promoting habitat conservation on a global scale. Keep an eye out for Melissa, our Program Keeper, and her staff because chances are good that they will have some kind of critter out on the floor for you to meet and learn about. I recently joined the family of Program Animal volunteers, and I would like to share some wonderful information with our readers about one of my favorite program animals:  Borrego, the California desert tortoise!

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Conservation | Education | Sharks

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Animal Encounter: Sharks! | Staci  buttonLink

Animal Encounter: Sharks!

Whew!  It’s been a busy summer here at the Aquarium!  Extraordinary whale watches, energetic day camps, packed Behind-the-scenes Tours, and hopping Summer Sundays.  Our animal encounters have also been quite popular, and one of the encounters I’ve had the pleasure of leading recently focuses on the ocean’s most perfect predators:  SHARKS!  If you have ever wanted to have an up-close and personal, hands-on experience with these magnificent creatures, then this is the encounter for you.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

It ain’t easy bein’ green… or is it? | Josie  buttonLink

It ain’t easy bein’ green… or is it?

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s behind-the-scenes Green Team is helping staff members become more and more green through various activities that include such things as “Caught in the Act,” awards that go to people caught in the act of doing something to help save our planet—like using washable mugs for coffee—and a recycled art contest, both held in conjunction with April’s Earth Week.

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Conservation | Volunteering | Turtles

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Improbable Residents: The Sea Turtles of the San Gabriel River | Hugh  buttonLink

Improbable Residents: The Sea Turtles of the San Gabriel River

It is one of the best kept secrets of Mother Nature. When you think of green sea turtles, visions of tropical islands comes to mind. To folks in the Los Angeles/ Orange County area of California, these warm water wanderers are thought to be in far off, exotic locales. And yet in an urban river near the Long Beach-Orange County border an improbable group of sea turtles inconspicuously resides.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

‘Not Seen, Not Heard, But Felt’ Sculpture Soon to Adorn Shark Lagoon | Josie  buttonLink

‘Not Seen, Not Heard, But Felt’ Sculpture Soon to Adorn Shark Lagoon

Two San Diego artists are letting the Aquarium of the Pacific display an “urban tree” sculpture that they created in the hopes of getting people to realize the impact that humans have on the world ocean.

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Conservation | Whale Watching | Mammals

Thursday, July 31, 2008

BLUE WHALE FLUKE PRINTS AND POOP PRINTS | Hugh  buttonLink

BLUE WHALE FLUKE PRINTS AND POOP PRINTS

An adult blue whale can eat over 4 tons of krill per day and just like you and I after gorging ourselves on our favorite foods, a lot of what enters our body via the mouth, usually exits the body a bit further down.

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Conservation | Education | Volunteering | Reptiles | Turtles

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Where Are the Sea Turtles? | Staci  buttonLink

Where Are the Sea Turtles?

That is one of those popular questions our guests ask several times a week, and I’m always happy to point them in the right direction! Two olive Ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacae), Theo and Lou, reside in the Aquarium’s beautiful Tropical Pacific Gallery. Theo can often be seen cruising by our dive volunteers during the Tropical Reef Dive, while Lou can be frequently observed napping as you walk through the serene tropical tunnel. Helping out with the care of these magnificent creatures is one of the best parts of my aquarist volunteer days, so please read on to learn more about sea turtles!

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Conservation | Top 10 Ocean Issues

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Ocean on the Edge | Josie  buttonLink

Ocean on the Edge

A special focus for our tenth anniversary

As we embark on our 10th year as the Aquarium of the Pacific, we are looking at the world ocean and the problems it faces as global climate change continues to be exacerbated by human behavior. If we reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink how we live our daily lives, we can make a difference and help save our planet!

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