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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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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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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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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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Thursday, October 09, 2008

GETTING “THIGGY” WITH MILO THE SEA LION | Hugh  buttonLink

GETTING “THIGGY” WITH MILO THE SEA LION

Thigmotaxis is the scientific term to describe an animal’s need to be in physical contact with another animal. The mammalogist call positive thigmotaxis “Getting Thiggy”. Milo our young California sea lion definitely likes to get Thiggy with his trainers.

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Conservation | Volunteering | Birds | Mammals | Turtles

Thursday, September 25, 2008

FROM SEA TO CEMENT-A Walk Along The San Gabriel River | Hugh  buttonLink

FROM SEA TO CEMENT-A Walk Along The San Gabriel River

Wildlife seen on a walk from the mouth of the San Gabriel River between Alamitos Bay and Seal Beach, to where the river turns into a cement storm channel about 4 miles inland.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

NOTES FROM THE RIVER | Hugh  buttonLink

NOTES FROM THE RIVER

“Dude” the sea turtle, “White-Tip” the Coyote and other critters observed from the banks of the San Gabriel River.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Random Notes From An Aquarium Volunteer | Hugh  buttonLink

Random Notes From An Aquarium Volunteer

This week’s blog is just some quick random notes and images from around the Aquarium.

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Conservation | Volunteering | Turtles

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Improbable Residents: The Sea Turtles of the San Gabriel River | Hugh  buttonLink

Improbable Residents: The Sea Turtles of the San Gabriel River

It is one of the best kept secrets of Mother Nature. When you think of green sea turtles, visions of tropical islands comes to mind. To folks in the Los Angeles/ Orange County area of California, these warm water wanderers are thought to be in far off, exotic locales. And yet in an urban river near the Long Beach-Orange County border an improbable group of sea turtles inconspicuously resides.

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Conservation | Whale Watching | Mammals

Thursday, July 31, 2008

BLUE WHALE FLUKE PRINTS AND POOP PRINTS | Hugh  buttonLink

BLUE WHALE FLUKE PRINTS AND POOP PRINTS

An adult blue whale can eat over 4 tons of krill per day and just like you and I after gorging ourselves on our favorite foods, a lot of what enters our body via the mouth, usually exits the body a bit further down.

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