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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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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Sneak Peak at Sea Lion Art | Hugh  buttonLink

Sneak Peak at Sea Lion Art

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.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Paintings by Sea Lions | Hugh  buttonLink

Paintings by Sea Lions

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.

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Video | Volunteering | Birds | Mammals

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Early Morning at the Aquarium of the Pacific | Hugh  buttonLink

Early Morning at the Aquarium of the Pacific

My favorite time on Saturday mornings during my weekly volunteer shift at the Aquarium of the Pacific is the hour just after the Aquarium opens and just before the majority of our guests arrive. This week’s blog includes a short point-of-view video shot last Saturday via a “volunteer-cam” in an attempt to share with you, the reader, a bit of the magic of that first hour of the day.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Hugh’s Top Ten Reasons For Volunteering 5000 Hours At The Aquarium Of The Pacific | Hugh  buttonLink

Hugh’s Top Ten Reasons For Volunteering 5000 Hours At The Aquarium Of The Pacific

No matter what part of the country my business travels may take me during the workweek, be it the urban maze of New York, the wilds of Alaska, the mountains of Colorado or the swamps of the Carolinas, I’ve always made it a point of getting back to Southern California in time to cover my Saturday volunteer shift at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Sometimes it’s meant taking a late red-eye flight or finding an unusual connection through tiny airports but somehow the majority of the times I’ve managed to make it back to cover my shift. In fact this month I’ve recorded my 5000th hour as a volunteer at the Aquarium. 

To commemorate this personal milestone this week’s blog is a list of the top ten reasons why I’ve volunteered so many hours to the Aquarium.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

CHECKING OUT THE SEA OTTERS | Hugh  buttonLink

CHECKING OUT THE SEA OTTERS

One of my newer duties at the Aquarium of the Pacific is to work with the sea otters in their home in the Northern Pacific Gallery. As I build my relationship with the otters and learn more about their personalities, I am beginning to interact with them using some of the more important husbandry behaviors that allows the staff to check over the animals health. Husbandry behaviors are behaviors that are taught to an animal to allow their human caretakers to monitor their health without causing undo stress.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Miller the Sea Lion’s 29th Birthday | Hugh  buttonLink

Miller the Sea Lion’s 29th Birthday

One of the wonderful benefits of aquariums and zoos is that they allow some rescued wildlife a second chance at life. I at one time spent over a decade rescuing and rehabilitating wild marine mammals, so I know first hand that without these institutions many critters might have a disability or personality traits that would keep them from making it in the wild.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

SEA LION HIGH ENERGY BEHAVIORS | Hugh  buttonLink

SEA LION HIGH ENERGY BEHAVIORS

Just like human kids, young sea lions have a lot of energy. Because of this, the trainers at the Aquarium of the Pacific are teaching our young sea lions high energy behaviors to keep them mentally and physically fit.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

SEA OTTER ICE ENRICHMENT | Hugh  buttonLink

SEA OTTER ICE ENRICHMENT

Southern Sea Otters, aka California Sea Otters, like the one’s on exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific, never experience snow or ice in their natural habitat. Just like native Southern Californian going up to the mountains to experience a real winter for the first time, romping around ice and snow holds a strange fascination for Southern sea otters. This week’s video includes a cute video of one of our otters playing in a patch of ice.

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