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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Vanity, Thy Name is Otter | Hugh  buttonLink

Vanity, Thy Name is Otter

Brook the sea otter experiences a mirror for the first time.

Brook the sea otter experiences a mirror, and sees herself for the first time.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Volunteering

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Lorikeets Help Carve a Halloween Pumpkin | Hugh  buttonLink

Lorikeets Help Carve a Halloween Pumpkin

Lorikeets turn into Piranha-keets for Halloween

The lorikeets of Lorikeet Forest decided that the Halloween pumpkin they were given wasn’t scary enough so they proceeded to carve some improvements into it using their beaks. Check out the time-lapse video of their work.

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Animal Updates | Penguins | Volunteering

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Newsom the Penguin Explores the Guest Side of the Exhibit | Hugh  buttonLink

Newsom the Penguin Explores the Guest Side of the Exhibit

Newsom the penguin decided to explore the penguin under-look for the first time at the June Keyes Penguin Exhibit recently. Check out the video of him watching his penguin mates from the guest perspective.

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Animal Updates | Penguins | Volunteering

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

March of the Penguin Chicks | Hugh  buttonLink

March of the Penguin Chicks

Fall in line and prepare to smile. The penguin chicks are on the march!

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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 | Penguins | Volunteering

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Floyd and Roxy Have a Chick | Hugh  buttonLink

Floyd and Roxy Have a Chick

The Penguin Soap Opera Continues

The Penguin love triangle that involved the fair maiden from Brazil, the old veteran from San Diego and the young stud from San Francisco has produced a couple of cute chicks. It has also produced a strange twist in the Penguin Soap Opera in the June Keyes Penguin Exhibit.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Friday, August 16, 2013

Harpo: the Charismatic Raspberry-blowing Sea Lion | Hugh  buttonLink

Harpo: the Charismatic Raspberry-blowing Sea Lion

As I was leaving the exhibit after a recent pinniped presentation a little kid excitedly ran up to me just say “I like your seal the best!”  The “seal” I was working with that day was Harpo the Sea Lion. This charismatic raspberry-blowing member of the species Zalophus californianus had made another fan!

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Thursday, August 01, 2013

The Aquarium at the Turn of the Century | Hugh  buttonLink

The Aquarium at the Turn of the Century

And aerial view of the Aquarium of the Pacific in 2000

Back at the turn of the century I took some aerial shots of the Aquarium of the Pacific. These images show the young facility in its original configuration. In honor of the Aquarium’s 15th Anniversary I’d like to share this shots in this week’s blog.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Whale Watching from a Cruise Ship | Hugh  buttonLink

Whale Watching from a Cruise Ship

The marine mammals of Alaska's Inside Passage

Most people on a cruise ship spend their time partaking in the many party-like activities onboard. My wife and I however spent our time at sea watching for whales. It turned out to be an exciting choice. This week’s blog chronicles the marine mammals seen on a cruise to Alaska’s Inside Passage.

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Thursday, June 06, 2013

15 Years of Aquarium Memories | Hugh  buttonLink

15 Years of Aquarium Memories

The first week of June marks my 15th year of volunteering at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Later this month the Aquarium celebrates the 15th Anniversary of its Grand Opening. So to commemorate both occasions, in no particular order, I’d like to share 15 of my favorite memories of the Aquarium of the Pacific over the years.

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