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Thursday, December 08, 2011

Ollie the Otter’s First Snowman | Hugh  buttonLink

Ollie the Otter’s First Snowman

Ollie enjoys her first Holiday Treats for the Animals Day.

During last year’s Holiday Treats for the Animals event, while the rest of the otters at the Aquarium of the Pacific were playing in the snowy landscape laid out for them by the staff in the sea otter exhibit, Ollie the orphan otter pup had to be content being by herself in her holding pen in the behind the scenes area. She was too little then to be in the main exhibit. This year however was different. On this year’s Holiday Treats Day, Ollie was in the exhibit enjoying her very first snowman!

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Random Snapshots From the Aquarium | Hugh  buttonLink

Random Snapshots From the Aquarium

There's always something interesting to photograph at the Aquarium of the Pacific

This week’s blog features 5 random snapshots from the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Animal Updates | Sharks | Volunteering

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Big Guy - The Laid Back Sand Tiger Shark | Hugh  buttonLink

Big Guy - The Laid Back Sand Tiger Shark

He’s one of the original inhabitants of Shark Lagoon. He looks big, bad and mean. But the Aquarists at the Aquarium of the Pacific know his deep down secret. He’s more Sherman from the comic strip Sherman’s Lagoon than Jaws from the movie Jaws. He is “Big Guy”, the Laid Backed Sand Tiger Shark.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Ollie Being Ollie | Hugh  buttonLink

Ollie Being Ollie

A Baby Sea Otter's Unique Way Of Doing Things

Most of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s sea otters either lay on their backs or their bellies when eating on deck. That is all except Ollie. If there is one thing I’ve learned about Ollie the Otter it is that she does many thing in her own style. Ollie does so many things in her own unique way that the mammalogists and volunteers that work with the sea otters have come to refer to these random moments as “Ollie being Ollie”.

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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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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Who’s Who? | Hugh  buttonLink

Who’s Who?

Recognizing the Aquarium's Pinnipeds

To a wet-side volunteer like myself that spends a lot of time around them, the seals and sea lions of the Aquarium of the Pacific are as individual and recognizable as any of my close friends and relatives. However I’ve been reminded by a dry-side staffer that perhaps to guests and non marine mammal staff the pinnipeds may not be quite as recognizable to them. So this week’s blog is about how to tell our pinnipeds apart and, as a bit of an insight to them, how I tell them apart by their looks and personality.

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Thursday, September 01, 2011

Sea Lion-Cam with Milo…and Harpo | Hugh  buttonLink

Sea Lion-Cam with Milo…and Harpo

Milo the sea lion received a new toy last weekend. His old low resolution video camera on his “sea lion-cam” rig has now been replaced with a new high definition video camera. Our aquatic photographer took it out for a test dive last Saturday. This week’s blog features the video shot by Milo while he and I tried out the camera for the first time.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

CHECK OUT OLLIE THE OTTER PUP THIS SUMMER! | Hugh  buttonLink

CHECK OUT OLLIE THE OTTER PUP THIS SUMMER!

Need a cute fix this summer? Come on out to the Aquarium of the Pacific and check out Ollie the sea otter pup! The adorable ball of fur is now part of the Sea Otter Exhibit!

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

OLLIE THE SEA OTTER MEETS THE FURBALL | Hugh  buttonLink

OLLIE THE SEA OTTER MEETS THE FURBALL

It was the moment that I had been looking forward to for months. Little Orphan Ollie would finally meet the first sea otter that I’d ever help raise as a pup. The anticipation of the meeting stirred a bit of exultation and a little bit of anxiousness. What would happen when Ollie would finally meet the critter that I nicknamed the Furball?

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

SEA OTTER AND SEA LION RETRIEVAL BEHAVIORS | Hugh  buttonLink

SEA OTTER AND SEA LION RETRIEVAL BEHAVIORS

What does a trainer do if they accidentally drop something into the otter exhibit? Or if it’s the end of the day and time to put the sea lion toys away? Does he or she don a wetsuit to retrieve the items personally from the water or find a long pole net to try to scoop them up? Well fortunately they don’t have to do either. One of the more practical behaviors that we train our sea lions and otters to do at the Aquarium of the Pacific is to retrieve objects from their exhibit.

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