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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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Thursday, March 11, 2010

DARTH OTTER | Hugh  buttonLink

DARTH OTTER

A LONG TIME AGO…IN AN AQUARIUM NOT SO FAR AWAY…

This week I’d like to share a video that showcases the acting abilities of one of the sea otters at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Check out Brook the sea otter as DARTH OTTER!

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

FROM A SEA LION’S POINT OF VIEW | Hugh  buttonLink

FROM A SEA LION’S POINT OF VIEW

Milo the sea lion really seems to enjoy playing with sea lion-cam. With the enthusiasm that he shows when carrying the camera rig he reminds me of a golden retriever with a favorite tennis ball. Check out Milo’s latest video creation “From a Sea Lion’s Point of View” where you’ll see the pinniped exhibit and underwater visitors tunnel from a sea lion’s perspective.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Get Ready to Meet Shelby the Harbor Seal | Hugh  buttonLink

Get Ready to Meet Shelby the Harbor Seal

Coming soon: Visitors to the Aquarium of the Pacific may get a chance to meet one of my favorite harbor seals, Shelby, up close and personal.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

SEA LION-CAM 2 | Hugh  buttonLink

SEA LION-CAM 2

In the second test video of sea lion-cam our aquatic photographer, Milo the sea lion, shows off his acrobatic abilities as he spins, twists, and leaps his way through the seal and sea lion exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

SEA LION-CAM | Hugh  buttonLink

SEA LION-CAM

The times that I spent swimming around sea lions made me admire their grace and power as they glided through their liquid domain. I wondered what it would be like to propel oneself out of the water like they do during a porpoise or other maneuver so powerfully and efficiently below the surface. This curiosity recently led me to construct an underwater camera rig that one of the Aquarium’s sea lions could voluntarily hold during one of our pinniped presentations so that we could get a look at a sea lion’s point-of view of a session. This week’s blog features a video of the first test of my “Sea Lion-Cam”.

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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Spending Christmas with the Critters | Hugh  buttonLink

Spending Christmas with the Critters

Even though the Aquarium of the Pacific was closed on Christmas Day there was a small cadre of husbandry folks spending part of their holiday taking care of the animals. For this volunteer it was a small way of giving back to the critters that have given him so much joy over the years.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

HOLIDAY TREATS FOR THE OTTERS | Hugh  buttonLink

HOLIDAY TREATS FOR THE OTTERS

A snowy scene complete with a snowman. Curious eyes glancing from fur coats scanning the scene for presents left for them.  Holiday Cheer filling the air as stockings are hung and colorful strings of lights glow. Tis the season for the sea otters of the Aquarium of the Pacific to enjoy the festivities of the “Holiday Treats For The Animals.

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

TRAINER CAM | Hugh  buttonLink

TRAINER CAM

To give a glimpse of what’s its like to be a trainer at the Aquarium of the Pacific this week’s blog features a POV (Point of View) video of two of our staff working with their animals.

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