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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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Thursday, July 15, 2010

SUMMER SEA LION FUN | Hugh  buttonLink

SUMMER SEA LION FUN

With frisbee in hand and a critter ready to catch it, Summer is the time for this volunteer to have some fun in the sun with a California sea lion.

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Thursday, July 01, 2010

Enjoying the New Sea Otter Exhibit | Hugh  buttonLink

Enjoying the New Sea Otter Exhibit

If you haven’t been to the Aquarium of the Pacific in a while this summer may be a good time for a visit. The new and improved otter exhibit is quite stunning to witness in person.  It actually gives you the feel of being out on the coast of Central California in the aquatic habitat of Enhydra lutris, the sea otter.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

ADVENTURES IN OTTER SPACE PART THREE | Hugh  buttonLink

ADVENTURES IN OTTER SPACE PART THREE

Having helped care for the orphan sea otter Maggie since the night she arrived at the Aquarium of the Pacific I learned a lot about her personality and a lot about sea otters in general. And the furball also learned a few things herself when she was introduced to the other sea otters of the Aquarium. Like how to use her armpits as pockets.

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Thursday, June 03, 2010

ADVENTURES IN OTTER SPACE PART TWO | Hugh  buttonLink

ADVENTURES IN OTTER SPACE PART TWO

While caring for the orphan pup I discovered that not only are sea otters cute, they also have musical and pick-pocketing talents. Make sure you check out the video of Maggie banging her shells on the deck with a musical back-beat and the self portrait photo she took of herself with a stolen camera.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

ADVENTURES IN OTTER SPACE PART ONE | Hugh  buttonLink

ADVENTURES IN OTTER SPACE  PART ONE

My adventures in “Otter Space” with an orphan baby sea otter including a way too cute video blog of my first week with the little furball.

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Thursday, May 06, 2010

SEA LIONS BLOWING RASPBERRIES AND OTHER FUN BEHAVIORS | Hugh  buttonLink

SEA LIONS BLOWING RASPBERRIES AND OTHER FUN BEHAVIORS

This week’s blog is about some of the fun behaviors you see our animals doing during a presentation and how these same behaviors have their practical side in caring for them.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Scuba Diver Tender and Sea Lion Yard Duty—My Day at the Races | Hugh  buttonLink

Scuba Diver Tender and Sea Lion Yard Duty—My Day at the Races

For the thousands of Long Beach Grand Prix race fans, Saturday was filled with celebrities, exciting car crashes, and every type of food you could possibly want. For me just next door in the Aquarium, the day was filled with tending to scuba divers and chaperoning sea lions.

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Thursday, April 08, 2010

MY, HOW PARKER THE SEA LION HAS GROWN! | Hugh  buttonLink

MY, HOW PARKER THE SEA LION HAS GROWN!

I first met Parker when he came to the Aquarium of the Pacific way back in 2003. Back then he was a playful little sea lion pup. My, how that sea lion has grown!

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Not Glamorous but Necessary-Scrubbing and Cleaning the Exhibits | Hugh  buttonLink

Not Glamorous but Necessary-Scrubbing and Cleaning the Exhibits

It’s not the most glamorous and exciting side of working with the marine mammals and other critters at the Aquarium of the Pacific but it is a necessary part. The cleaning of the exhibits and holding areas is just as important to the well-being of the animals as is their feeding and health care.

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