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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Our First Few Weeks on the Water of 2013 | Kera  buttonLink

Our First Few Weeks on the Water of 2013

They started just like 2012…with orcas!

I would say 2012 was one of the best years on the water for me. Why? Because I FINALLY saw orca whales in our waters off of Long Beach with the first time being January 2, 2012 to be exact. A day I will never forget.

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Conservation | Education

Monday, October 10, 2011

Aquatic Academy Wants You! (to Learn About California’s Water) | Claire  buttonLink

Aquatic Academy Wants You! (to Learn About California’s Water)

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?

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Education | Volunteering

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Academy program helps turn teens into future scientists | Claire  buttonLink

Academy program helps turn teens into future scientists

The Aquarium trains high school students in marine biology topics through a partnership with St. Anthony High School. The Marine Science Academy is a competitive two-year program for high school juniors and seniors.

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Animal Updates | Fish | Sharks | Education | Guest Speaker Series

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A Lecture Night at the Aquarium | Retired | Chris  buttonLink

A Lecture Night at the Aquarium

The Aquarium has many amazing programs that go on beyond our normal operating hours. I haven’t had the opportunity to take advantage of them before, but recently my schedule opened up and one night, I was able to!

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Education | Amphibians | Birds | Fish | Invertebrates | Mammals | Reptiles | Turtles

Monday, June 29, 2009

“Where Can I Get One of Those?” | Staci  buttonLink

“Where Can I Get One of Those?”

Working with the Program Animals gives me the opportunity to introduce our guests to a variety of really cool animals including birds, reptiles, and terrestrial mammals.  Some of these types of animals - like Lola the sulfur crested cockatoo, Matches the bearded dragon, and Iggy the green iguana - are commonly kept as pets.  I get approached by guests all the time asking where they could acquire such a pet, or telling me about the pets they already have.  While I’m very happy there are folks out there interested in caring for animals, there are many things to take into consideration before you take on the responsibility of keeping any animal as a pet.  Knowing a lot about the animal you intend to bring home is essential, as is taking care of the unique needs of your pet!

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Education | Whale Watching | Birds | Mammals

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Follow That Bird! | Kera  buttonLink

Follow That Bird!

One of the most common questions I get while on the boats is “How do you find the whales and dolphins? Does that Captain use radar?”  Unfortunately, no. I wish it were that easy! We rely on our eyes to do the searching. There are a couple of things we look for to get us in the right direction and as I like to say, “Follow the birds!”

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Education | Volunteering | Fish | Sharks

Monday, May 25, 2009

Shark Summer with the Horn Shark | Chris  buttonLink

Shark Summer with the Horn Shark

In honor of the beginning of Shark Summer here at the Aquarium of the Pacific, I thought I’d tell you about one of my favorite local sharks – the horn shark!

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Education | Whale Watching | Mammals

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Dolphins, Dolphins, AND MORE DOLPHINS! | Kera  buttonLink

Dolphins, Dolphins, AND MORE DOLPHINS!

The gray whales are pretty much done passing through, and the next true season for whales is in the summer from around June to September when the blues are here. So for now, we go in search of some VERY acrobatic animals…the dolphins! And there’s more than one type of dolphin that likes to put on a show!

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Education | Whale Watching | Mammals

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Flippers, Fins, and Flukes, OH MY! | Kera  buttonLink

About a year ago, I was out on the boat as usual and was super excited to see all of the animals in the area. At this time, the gray whales had pretty much finished up migrating through our waters. We’d still see a few stragglers here and there. This was also the time that humpbacks poked their heads into our waters. Around this time every year we get humpback whales that also pass through here. Their migration is a little different and the majority of the humpback whales we see are coming from Central America and Mexico. I’d recently seen my first two humpback whales, and couldn’t wait to hopefully find more. And boy was I in for a surprise! On May 1, 2008, I got a very nice showing. I saw flippers, fins, and flukes, oh my!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Education | Volunteering

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Animal Spotlight:  Meet Tito the Prehensile-tailed Porcupine | Staci  buttonLink

Animal Spotlight:  Meet Tito the Prehensile-tailed Porcupine

Have you heard the news?  A new resident has moved in to the Aquarium‘s Explorer‘s cove!  He’s covered in stiff, sharp spines called quills.  He has a big, round, fuzzy nose.  He’s an expert climber with the aid of his prehensile tail.  Welcome Tito the prehensile-tailed porcupine, the newest addition to the program animal family!

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