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Thursday, December 09, 2010

A New Adventure in “Otter” Space | Hugh  buttonLink

A New Adventure in “Otter” Space

The little orphan sea otter whimpered softly as she crawled onto my lap. Finding it a worthy substitute for a momma otter’s belly she proceeded to curl up and began to groom her baby fur with her paws. Still unable to fully tend to her fur all by herself I helped by using a towel and comb to work on her problem areas. After a few minutes her swirling paws were starting to slow down and her eyes were getting heavy. Then one of her paws gripped the towel I was using to dry her and moved it across her body like a blanket. Moments later the little furry critter was fully asleep on my lap looking like a child snoozing on a bed. Thus began my newest Adventure in Otter Space.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

FUN WITH SEA LIONS | Hugh  buttonLink

FUN WITH SEA LIONS

A warm sunny day, a playful sea lion and a Frisbee in hand adds up to a lot of fun!  Check out the video of our staff having some fun with the Aquarium of the Pacific sea lions last summer.

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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Tactile Training | Hugh  buttonLink

Tactile Training

In Nature documentaries when a researcher wants to physically examine a large wild animal you often times see them shoot a dart containing a sedative to immobilize the creature or physically restraining them with nets or ropes. Here at the Aquarium of the Pacific we have a different approach. We gain their trust so they allow us to physically examine them without fear and without the need of restraints.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Lola the Cockatoo Starts a Race | Hugh  buttonLink

Lola the Cockatoo Starts a Race

Possibly the best known animal at the Aquarium of the Pacific is not a shark or a sea lion. He doesn’t even know how to swim! He is Lola the Cockatoo.

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Whale Watching | Mammals

Thursday, October 07, 2010

HUGH’S LIFE LIST OF THE WHALES AND DOLPHINS OF THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST | Hugh  buttonLink

HUGH’S LIFE LIST OF THE WHALES AND DOLPHINS OF THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST

With the excitement of Blue Whales in our local waters I thought it would be nice to give folks an idea of what other cetacean that can potentially be seen in Southern California. This week I am sharing my life list of whales and dolphins that I have encountered from San Diego to the Channel Islands.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

SEA OTTER SPEED SWIM | Hugh  buttonLink

SEA OTTER SPEED SWIM

To the casual observer sea otters look like land animals that just happen to spend a lot of time in the water. Their appearance seems to make one think that at best they are slow, awkward swimmer.  However while playing an impromptu game of follow-the-leader with the Aquarium of the Pacific’s newest otter, Big Maggie, in front of the sea otter exhibit I discovered that they can be quite swift swimming through the water.

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Thursday, September 09, 2010

Miller the Sea Lion Retires | Hugh  buttonLink

Miller the Sea Lion Retires

His paintings have caused bidding wars at auctions. His kisses have made women, and men swoon. If he sneezed on you, you wouldn’t want to wipe it off. He is…The Most Interesting Sea Lion in the World. And he is retiring.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

THREE YEARS OF AQUARIUM BLOGGING | Hugh  buttonLink

THREE YEARS OF AQUARIUM BLOGGING

This month marks the beginning of my fourth year of blogging about the seals, sea lions, sea otters and other Aquarium critters that I have been fortunate enough to work around every Saturday during my volunteer shifts. Back in August of 2007 I started writing a bi-weekly blog about my experiences at the Aquarium of the Pacific since the day it opened in 1998. I’ve also sometimes written about some of my other experiences in the 20 plus years I’ve been involved in volunteering my time in researching, rescuing, and rehabilitating marine mammals in Southern California. This week I’m opening up the archives and highlighting 15 of the 80 blogs that I have written for the Aquarium’s website.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Observations of a Sea Otter Foraging at Moss Landing | Hugh  buttonLink

Observations of a Sea Otter Foraging at Moss Landing

While traveling in Northern California a couple of weeks ago I took a side trip to try to catch a glimpse of the sea otters of Moss Landing. I was fortunate to come upon a young male sea otter foraging in the harbor.  Watching the behavior of this otter gave me a better insight into the sea otters that I work with at the Aquarium of the Pacific during my Saturday volunteer shifts. In this blog I’d like to share some of my field observations of this Moss Landing otter.

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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

FIVE NEAT THINGS TO DO THIS SUMMER AT THE AQUARIUM | Hugh  buttonLink

FIVE NEAT THINGS TO DO THIS SUMMER AT THE AQUARIUM

Help train an otter. Check out how a snake’s skin feel. Listen to a Cockatoo ask and answer his own questions. Prepare vitamins for a sea lion in a virtual food prep room. This are just some of the neat things you can do this summer at the Aquarium of the Pacific

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