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Thursday, December 31, 2015

My How that Shark and Turtle Have Grown | Hugh  buttonLink

My How that Shark and Turtle Have Grown

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.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Betty The Otter Kisses a Snowman | Hugh  buttonLink

Betty The Otter Kisses a Snowman

A Snowman for the Otter Tradition Continues

It’s a tradition of mine that’s been going on for well over a decade. The task of making the first snowman for the sea otters during the Holiday Treats for the Animals weekend at the Aquarium of the Pacific.This year was especially memorable when Betty the sea otter kissed the snowman.

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Friday, December 04, 2015

What Should Be Parker’s Profile Picture? | Hugh  buttonLink

What Should Be Parker’s Profile Picture?

If Parker the sea lion had a social media page, what should be his profile picture?

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Ollie The Sea Otter Shows Off Old Glory | Hugh  buttonLink

Ollie The Sea Otter Shows Off Old Glory

Ollie being Ollie

What happens when Ollie the sea otter encounters an American flag made of ice? Well Ollie being Ollie she parades the colors past aquarium guests. Check out the video of this Patriotic otter.

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Animal Updates | Invertebrates | Volunteering

Thursday, November 05, 2015

The Octopus and the Zombie Sea Stars | Hugh  buttonLink

The Octopus and the Zombie Sea Stars

Sunflower Stars attempt to steal treats from a Giant Pacific Octopus.

What happens when you give an octopus a Halloween pumpkin filled with tasty treats? Well its lair gets visited by sea star Trick-or-Treaters.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Anatomy of a Sea Lion Buddy Picture | Hugh  buttonLink

Anatomy of a Sea Lion Buddy Picture

How to take a Besties shot with Harpo the sea lion.

The image looks simple enough. An Aquarium staffer and a sea lion perched side by side. Their arms and flipper are around each other in a friendly embrace while posing for a picture. It’s just one of the perks of being a long-time husbandry volunteer. Sounds easy right? Well taking that photo involved more than you might think.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Mammals | Penguins | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Aquarium Critter Shorts | Hugh  buttonLink

Aquarium Critter Shorts

An anthropomorphic look at some of the antics of the aquarium animals

This week I’d like to share a few anthropomorphic video shorts of some of the critters at the aquarium. A sea lion doing his best Chris Paul imitations with a basketball. A sea otter trying to take a good selfie. And even what happens after two penguins get romantically involved.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Before the Doors Open | Hugh  buttonLink

Before the Doors Open

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.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Sea Otter Selfie | Hugh  buttonLink

Sea Otter Selfie

A Sea Otter with a Selfie Stick?

What happens when you place a GoPro on one of the sea otter’s target poles? Why you create an otter selfie stick!

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Brook and the Mirror | Hugh  buttonLink

Brook and the Mirror

It’s another Throwback Thursday as we revisit the day that our gorgeous sea otter Brook saw herself for the first time in a mirror.

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