Thursday, February 17, 2011
Ollie the sea otter is progressing nicely in her school work at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Her training continues with husbandry behaviors designed to help in her care and well-being. This week’s blogs includes images of Ollie in class.
Thursday, February 03, 2011
Ollie has grown quite a bit in the months since she arrived at the Aquarium last fall. So much so that the staff has already begun her basic training.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Brook led the good life. Being one of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s original sea otters back when it opened in 1998, Brook was treated like Royalty and became the Queen of the Northern Pacific Gallery. She is also one of the most beautiful otters in the State and seems to know it. The gorgeous otter that you see on ads across the country and on banners throughout the city is Brook. She’s always carried herself in a dignified manner. She’s even greeted her trainers at the door of the exhibit and escorted them into her Kingdom during training sessions like a hostess in a high society affair. Then the Furball entered her life! This week’s blog features a video on the relationship between the Stately Brook and the Tomboyish otter that I like to call the Furball.
Thursday, January 06, 2011
This week I’d like to share some cute video clips of Ollie’s first two months at the Aquarium.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
As my Holiday gift to my readers I thought I’d share some of the cuter images of our newest sea otter Ollie and also an amusing anecdote of one of her adorable antics.
Thursday, December 09, 2010
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.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
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.
Thursday, November 04, 2010
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.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
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.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
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.