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Thursday, March 27, 2014

You Know You’ve Been an Animal Care Volunteer a Long Time When… | Hugh  buttonLink

You Know You’ve Been an Animal Care Volunteer a Long Time When…

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.

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Animal Updates | Fish | Sharks | Volunteering

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Target-Training a Shark | Hugh  buttonLink

Target-Training a Shark

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.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Fish | Mammals | Sharks | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Aquarium’s Critters Seen from a Different Angle | Hugh  buttonLink

The Aquarium’s Critters Seen from a Different Angle

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”!

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Animal Updates | Birds | Fish | Mammals | Sharks

Monday, July 25, 2011

Cute Alert: Check Out Our Newest Baby Animals | Claire  buttonLink

Cute Alert: Check Out Our Newest Baby Animals

Most of you have probably read about or seen our two Arctic fox kits at the Molina Animal Care Center. But we also have baby diving birds, newly hatched fish, and even a baby zebra shark at the Aquarium right now.

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Fish | Invertebrates

Monday, March 21, 2011

On the Road with the Husbandry Team | Claire  buttonLink

On the Road with the Husbandry Team

This past fall members of the Aquarium’s husbandry department traveled to Alaska to gather knowledge and animal specimens for the Aquarium’s new exhibit set to open in May 2011, Arctic & Antarctic: Our Polar Regions in Peril.

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Fish | Sharks

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Caring For A Tiger Shark | Chris  buttonLink

Caring For A Tiger Shark

Tiger sharks are a sensitive species that are rare to find in captivity.  Check out some of the steps we took at the Aquarium to ensure our tiger shark successfully joined our family of volunteers, staff, birds, mammals, and fish!

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Volunteering | Fish | Sharks

Monday, August 17, 2009

Feeding Time With Our New Tiger Shark | Chris  buttonLink

Feeding Time With Our New Tiger Shark

As you may have heard, the Aquarium now has a young female tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) on exhibit in Shark Lagoon! In honor of this groundbreaking display, I’ll be writing about the beautiful girl for my next couple blogs. Recently, I had the opportunity to be up close and personal for a Saturday morning feeding.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

New Look for the Tropical Pacific Gallery | Chris  buttonLink

New Look for the Tropical Pacific Gallery

Earlier this summer the Aquarium added an awesome new feature to our largest display aquarium in the building. We added skylights to the Tropical Pacific Gallery!

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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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