Thursday, January 14, 2010
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”.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
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.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
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.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
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.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
When people feel cold they can put on a jacket. Sea lions, on the other hand, have a hard time finding a good tailor out in the ocean. So what can they do when they feel a chill? The answer is called thermoregulation. Recently our sea lion demonstrated their method of thermoregulation in the pinniped exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Last Saturday on Halloween day the husbandry staff shared Jack-o-Lanterns with some of the critters of the Aquarium of the Pacific. This week’s blog highlights a couple of the pumpkin encounters.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Its been a little over a year now that the Aquarium has been conducting informal monthly observations of the Green Sea Turtle colony in the San Gabriel River. This week’s blog is a short summary of what has been seen during that time.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Miller the sea lion adds his artwork to Sea Fare.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
The Aquarium of the Pacific sea lions have finished their masterpieces that will up for auction at this year’s Sea Fare. This week’s blog is a sneak peek at their artwork.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Some of our intelligent and highly talented sea lions are learning a new way to express themselves. They are adding the art of painting to their abilities.