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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

PARKER THE SEA LION FINDS HIS BARK | Hugh  buttonLink

PARKER THE SEA LION FINDS HIS BARK

A new voice can be heard in the Seal and Sea Lion Exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific. No, there’s not a new animal in the waters of the exhibit. Instead, a new voice has been introduced because Parker the sea lion has finally discovered his “Big Boy” bark.

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10 Year Anniversary Stories | Volunteering | Birds | Mammals

Thursday, February 12, 2009

25 Random Things About The Aquarium Of The Pacific | Hugh  buttonLink

Since the theme of “25 Random Things About Me” seems to be the “now” thing at social networking sites lately; this week’s blog is about 25 random things about the Aquarium of the Pacific that you may or may not have known.

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Volunteering | Birds

Monday, February 02, 2009

LORIKEET HAPPY HOUR | Hugh  buttonLink

LORIKEET HAPPY HOUR

After a long day of entertaining visitors to Lorikeet Forest, Piper, Bo and the rest of the Lories occasionally look forward to an Avian “Happy Hour” after the last guest has left. These frenzied flock of feathered frolickers take in the fun of bowls of smoothies and nectar and the opening of the toy-box!

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Volunteering | Mammals

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Hugging A Seal | Hugh  buttonLink

Hugging A Seal

It’s such a heartwarming sight to the guests watching a seal training session. An Aquarium of the Pacific trainer is sitting next to a seal giving the animal a hug while it places one of its flippers on the trainer’s lap. This trained behavior may look cute but it serves an important purpose in caring for our pinnipeds.

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Conservation | Mammals

Sunday, January 04, 2009

RESCUING AN ENTANGLED GRAY WHALE | Hugh  buttonLink

RESCUING AN ENTANGLED GRAY WHALE

In my over 20 years of being involved with marine mammals I’ve had some memorable moments.  One of the most memorable was the day back in the early 1990s when a whale research crew that I was part of helped a Bay Watch Lifeguard rescue an entangled gray whale just offshore of the cliffs of Point Vicente.  The following story is about that day.

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10 Year Anniversary Stories | Volunteering | Mammals

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Shelby the Harbor Seal | Hugh  buttonLink

Shelby the Harbor Seal

While Ellie, our eldest harbor seal who was born and raised in New York carries herself around with a reserved dignity that is reminiscent of the East Coast Socialite that she was named after, Shelby, our other female harbor seal is a definitely an outgoing California Girl.

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Volunteering | Mammals

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Parker The Sea Lion Gets Airborne | Hugh  buttonLink

Parker The Sea Lion Gets Airborne

For an animal in the ocean, the ability to leap out the water for a short period can enhance its survival, navigation and foraging capabilities. Parker the sea lion is learning how to demonstrate this ability as he is being trained by our staff to porpoise out of the water.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, November 20, 2008

How To Pet A Porcupine | Hugh  buttonLink

How To Pet A Porcupine

The wonderful benefit about having various program animals around the Aquarium is how much you can learn from them. For instance, before I met one of our new program animals my perception of all porcupines was that of a slow awkward ground dwelling creature that was bristling with sharp needles pointed in all directions that was just waiting to impale your body.  Needless to say that I was also sure that porcupines did not possess Positive Thigmotaxis like sea lions and did not like to be touched. Then I met Tito the porcupine.

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Conservation | Volunteering | Turtles

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Endangered Sea Turtle Released Back Into The Wild | Hugh  buttonLink

Endangered Sea Turtle Released Back Into The Wild

It’s one of those feel good episodes that makes me proud that I volunteer at the Aquarium of the Pacific. An injured endangered green sea turtle is nursed back to health by Aquarium staff and released back into the wild.

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Conservation | Mammals

Thursday, October 23, 2008

A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH BOBCATS | Hugh  buttonLink

A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH BOBCATS

The watershed of Southern California through its rivers, creeks, and washes, feeds wetland areas that support biodiversity within our urban environment. These wetlands help maintain an environmental food chain that runs from the tiniest worm and plant to high end carnivores On a walk through one of these wetlands earlier this year, my wife Pam and I encountered one of these high end carnivores in the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine, California.

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