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Thursday, August 28, 2014

What People Think I Do | Hugh  buttonLink

What People Think I Do

Working the 80% to enjoy the 20%

There is a popular meme out on social media called “What People Think I Do” that shows what different people think your job involves depending on their perspective. Check out my description of what people think a husbandry (animal care) volunteer does.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sea Otters Using Ice to Keep Warm | Hugh  buttonLink

Sea Otters Using Ice to Keep Warm

The Otter Days Of Summer

It may seem counter intuitive but the sea otters at the Aquarium of the Pacific use piles of ice to help them stay warm.

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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 | Volunteering

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pinniped Encounters at the Aquarium of the Pacific | Hugh  buttonLink

Pinniped Encounters at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Up close and personal with a sea lion or seal.

Although Parker the sea lion is the star of the popular pinniped encounters at the Aquarium of the Pacific he is not the only animal ambassador from the seal and sea lion exhibit. His understudies, Harpo the sea lion and Shelby the harbor seal are also ready to meet and greet aquarium guests. Each animal brings their own unique style and personality to the session.

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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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Animal Updates | Penguins | Volunteering

Monday, June 23, 2014

Walking with Penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific | Hugh  buttonLink

Walking with Penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Penguin Waddle-About

Not old enough to partake in breeding activities the penguin youngsters have been keeping themselves occupied by taking walks around the Aquarium of the Pacific. Check out the video of some of the places at the aquarium they’ve waddled into as they meet sea lions, seals, otters, trout, and guests.

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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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Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Force is Strong with this Otter | Hugh  buttonLink

The Force is Strong with this Otter

Brook is the oldest female Southern Sea Otter under zoological care. This May she turned 17 years old. Many know her as the light saber-wielding Darth Otter from the online viral video. However this otter is more Yoda than Vader.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Penguins | Video

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Penguins are Habit-Forming | Hugh  buttonLink

Penguins are Habit-Forming

Why watch television soap operas and sitcoms at home when you can just come down to Long Beach and be entertained by the wee waddling wayfarers known as Magellanic Penguins. Warning! Way-too-cute penguin video Ahead!

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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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