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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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Thursday, November 19, 2009

THERMOREGULATION | Hugh  buttonLink

THERMOREGULATION

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.

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Halloween Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific | Hugh  buttonLink

Halloween Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific

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.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

SAN GABRIEL RIVER SEA TURTLE OBSERVATION UPDATE | Hugh  buttonLink

SAN GABRIEL RIVER SEA TURTLE OBSERVATION UPDATE

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.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

THE SURPRISE SEA FARE ARTIST IS: MILLER THE SEA LION! | Hugh  buttonLink

THE SURPRISE SEA FARE ARTIST IS: MILLER THE SEA LION!

Miller the sea lion adds his artwork to Sea Fare.

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