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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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Thursday, June 18, 2009

AQUARIUM CRITTERS IN SLOW MOTION | Hugh  buttonLink

From an otter carefully grooming her fur to a porcupine enjoying a ride on his keeper’s arm; sometimes the beauty of an animal can best be seen in slow motion. This week’s blog includes a video of some of the Aquarium’s critters viewed in slow motion.

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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Brook Has Soft Paws, and Other Things I’ve Noticed About the Aquarium’s Sea Otters | Hugh  buttonLink

Brook Has Soft Paws, and Other Things I’ve Noticed About the Aquarium’s Sea Otters

Since I’ve started working up close with the Aquarium’s sea otters I’ve noticed a few things about these furry critters that I hadn’t known before. This week’s blog is on 5 things about sea otters that I bet you didn’t know.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Celebrating Ellie the Harbor Seal’s 20th Birthday | Hugh  buttonLink

Celebrating Ellie the Harbor Seal’s 20th Birthday

On May 16th 1989 a female harbor seal was born in Brooklyn, New York. She was named Elga in honor of a local philanthropist. In 1998 Elga found her way to California where she helped open the new Aquarium of the Pacific as one of the main attractions in the Southern California Baja Gallery.  At the Long Beach-based Aquarium, the seal’s East Coast sounding Elga became the more SoCal sounding Ellie. On May 16th, 2009 the Saturday marine mammal crew celebrated her 20th birthday.

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

The Pinniped Exhibit by the Numbers and Ellie the Seal’s Upcoming Birthday | Hugh  buttonLink

The Pinniped Exhibit by the Numbers and Ellie the Seal’s Upcoming Birthday

Based on my totally unscientific calculations more than one million visitors have seen our seal and sea lion presentations and our eldest sea lion has eaten over a hundred thousand herring while here at the Aquarium of the Pacific.  This week’s blog not only includes the Pinniped Exhibit by the numbers, but also an update on Ellie the Harbor Seal’s upcoming 20th birthday.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

GRAND PRIX WEEKEND—SPENDING QUALITY TIME WITH THE CRITTERS OF THE AQUARIUM | Hugh  buttonLink

GRAND PRIX WEEKEND—SPENDING QUALITY TIME WITH THE CRITTERS OF THE AQUARIUM

Although during the weekend of the Long Beach Grand Prix the Aquarium of the Pacific is closed, the animals still need to be cared for and necessary facility maintenance can be taken care of. For a husbandry volunteer it may look like a thankless job to be working in an empty aquarium while the roar and excitement of the Grand Prix Celebrity race are just yards away outside the front entrance but in reality its a day that veteran volunteers look forward to. Its one of the few times of the year that the husbandry staff has the Aquarium critters to themselves and, after the necessary chores are done, can have a days worth of playtime with the animals.

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Thursday, April 09, 2009

Getting to Know Brook the Sea Otter | Hugh  buttonLink

Getting to Know Brook the Sea Otter

Even though I’ve known Brook the sea otter since the Aquarium of the Pacific opened in 1998, this spring I will have the opportunity to work with her without a piece of Plexiglass between us and get to see parts of her personality that I haven’t experienced before.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Brushing Shelby the Harbor Seal’s Teeth | Hugh  buttonLink

Brushing Shelby the Harbor Seal’s Teeth

For people, a good tooth brushing is needed to take off or prevent buildup on your teeth. When one of our seals gets build-up on its teeth, it also gets a good tooth brushing.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Notes from an Encounter with a Stejneger’s Beaked Whale | Hugh  buttonLink

Notes from an Encounter with a Stejneger’s Beaked Whale

A decade ago this summer, I spent two hours in the water caring for a distressed Stejneger’s Beaked Whale. In this week’s blog I will be sharing some of my observation notes from my encounter with this mysterious, rarely seen alive cetacean.

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