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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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Conservation | Volunteering | Turtles

Thursday, May 12, 2011

THE URBAN SEA TURTLES OF LONG BEACH | Hugh  buttonLink

THE URBAN SEA TURTLES OF LONG BEACH

About 6 miles away from the Aquarium of the Pacific on the east side of Long Beach runs an urban river with a very surprising wildlife colony. You’d expect to see them while on an exotic journey to Mexican or Hawaiian waters. Yet right under the noses of Southern Californian recreational cyclists riding the San Gabriel River bike path lives a colony of endangered green sea turtles!

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

BABY OTTERS DON’T EAT HOT DOGS! | Hugh  buttonLink

BABY OTTERS DON’T EAT HOT DOGS!

Observations of a Mother Otter and Her Pup in Monterey Harbor

A heartwarming story of a wild sea otter mom and her possibly adopted pup as she teaches it what it should and shouldn’t eat in Monterey Harbor.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Helping Wayward Magellanic Penguins | Hugh  buttonLink

Helping Wayward Magellanic Penguins

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to meet five non-releasable Magellanic Penguins that had washed ashore in Brazil distressed and had found both a home and medical help at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

OLLIE THE SEA OTTER GETS A ROLE MODEL | Hugh  buttonLink

OLLIE THE SEA OTTER GETS A ROLE MODEL

When Ollie was introduced to Brook a few weeks ago the goal was to gradually accustom the little critter to other sea otters. Brook, being the senior female of the exhibit, is also turning out to be an excellent role model for the younger otter. Check out the images of the two otters together.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ollie the Otter Video Snippets | Hugh  buttonLink

Ollie the Otter Video Snippets

This week I’d like to share a few recent video snippets of Ollie the Sea Otter as she grows up at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ollie the Otter’s Schooling Continues | Hugh  buttonLink

Ollie the Otter’s Schooling Continues

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.

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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Ollie the Otter Goes to School | Hugh  buttonLink

Ollie the Otter Goes to School

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.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Brook and the Furball | Hugh  buttonLink

Brook and the Furball

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.

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Thursday, January 06, 2011

Ollie the Otter’s First Two Months at the Aquarium | Hugh  buttonLink

Ollie the Otter’s First Two Months at the Aquarium

This week I’d like to share some cute video clips of Ollie’s first two months at the Aquarium.

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