Tuesday, September 20, 2016
When you visit the Aquarium, one of the first exhibits to catch your eye is Tropical Pacific Preview. This exhibit transports you to a shallow reef where brightly colored corals pop against a plain backdrop, while a royal blue tang fish weaves in and out of the water.
Thursday, December 31, 2015
When I get nostalgic about the critters I worked with during the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Grand Opening year in 1998 and still hang around with today I think of not only seals and otters but also sea turtles and sharks.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
There is a lot of work that goes on before the doors open to the public each morning at the Aquarium of the Pacific. This week’s blog includes a time-lapse video of the Aquarium staff’s pre-opening tasks.
Thursday, June 04, 2015
A Parallel Universe right under our noses.
It’s a scene of mass carnage at the Aquarium. Hundreds of animals being stalked, pursued and devoured by relentless predators. And it’s all happening nearly invisible to the naked eye. The feeding frenzy of the Sand Dollar.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Shark Training with Senior Aquarist Nicky and Fern the Zebra Shark
To a lot of people being in the water with a large shark conjures up the sounds of the JAWS theme in their minds. However if you’re in the water with Fern the Zebra Shark it’s more likely to conjure up the song “You got a friend in me.”
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Over the past couple months everyone has been in the mood for soccer, even the sharks!
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
The fish at the Aquarium enjoy enrichment, just like our other animals. And they can be quite good at the puzzle solving required by some enrichments, especially with the right motivation… food!
Thursday, March 27, 2014
You know you’ve been an animal care volunteer at the Aquarium of the Pacific for a long time when you can alley-oop a herring to a sea lion better than Chris Paul can alley-oop a basketball to Blake Griffin and can pitch a clam to the paw of a sea otter more accurately than Clayton Kershaw can pitch a baseball to the glove of a catcher. Check out the rest of the just-for-fun look at a decade-and-a-half-worth of experiences of a longtime Aquarium volunteer.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Training a shark to participate in its own husbandry care.
How do you get a nearly 8 foot long free swimming shark out of the water for a checkup? With a sea lion or sea otter the animal can be trained to get into a transport kennel when asked. Nicky, an Aquarium of the Pacific aquarist, decided to train Fern the Zebra Shark to willingly swim onto a transport stretcher using the same training techniques used to train marine mammals.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
When you take a look at the Aquarium’s critters from a slightly different view point you may see things you didn’t notice before. Seen from ground level a seal happily “skips” along with her trainer. Seen from his point-of-view, a sea lion makes an exciting high-speed head-on pass with one of his exhibit mates. These are just two unique views of the critters at the Aquarium of the Pacific that you’ll see in this week’s blog in the video “The Aquarium’s Critters from a Different Angle”!