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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Tracking a Seal by Satellite | Hugh  buttonLink

Tracking a Seal by Satellite

Back in the summer of 1999, a visitor watching our sea lions swim past the pinniped tunnel at the Aquarium of the Pacific mentioned to me that she had taken a vacation up to Hearst Castle recently and while there had seen elephant seals resting on the beach. She noticed that a few had faded orange tags on their flippers and that one of the seals had a tag that read 3709. The number sounded familiar so I looked it up in my records. It was quite a revelation. The seal that the woman saw on the beach was “Mac”, an elephant seal that I helped track by satellite two years before. I thought it might be cool to share with everyone the details of Mac’s voyage that year.

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Conservation | Birds

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

SAVING AFRICAN PENGUINS | Hugh  buttonLink

SAVING AFRICAN PENGUINS

On June 23, 2000, an ecological disaster occurred when the ore carrier MV Treasure sank off the coast of South Africa between Dassen and Robben Islands near Cape Town which supported two of the largest colonies of the African Penguin (Spheniscus demerus) in the world. Tens of thousands of penguins were in danger of dying from the oil that was surrounding their breeding beaches. A cry went out worldwide to zoos and aquariums for assistance. They sought the expertise of these facilities to help deal with this disaster. The Aquarium of the Pacific responded to the call by sending their aviculturist Karen Anderson.

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Conservation | Whale Watching | Mammals

Thursday, January 03, 2008

WHALE WATCHING 101 | Hugh  buttonLink

WHALE WATCHING 101

Going on a whale watching trip with the aquarium? Want to know what you might see? Worried about seasickness? Here are some tips from an avid whale watcher.

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Volunteering | Mammals

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

HOLIDAYS WITH THE CRITTERS | Hugh  buttonLink

HOLIDAYS WITH THE CRITTERS

There are only a few days out of the year where the Aquarium of the Pacific is closed to the public. One of them is Christmas day. However, like working on a farm, people who care for animals can’t all take the whole day off because the fishes, mammals and birds still need to be fed and tended to, so on Christmas day there will be a small cadre of husbandry staff spending the holiday with the critters.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Charlie the Famous Otter, Brook the Sith Otter, and Summer the Whiny Otter | Hugh  buttonLink

Charlie the Famous Otter, Brook the Sith Otter, and Summer the Whiny Otter

The internationally renowned Charlie the otter, Brook the light-saber wielding otter, and Summer the whiny otter— our famous otters.

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Conservation | Mammals

Thursday, November 22, 2007

In the Surf Trying to Save a Baby Fin Whale | Hugh  buttonLink

In the Surf Trying to Save a Baby Fin Whale

Four years ago this week, the Aquarium of the Pacific had a little known part in the attempted rescue of a fin whale calf that stranded on a beach in Orange County back in the fall of 2003. This is the story of that rescue attempt as seen from my perspective in the surf with the whale.

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Volunteering | Mammals

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Enjoying the Fun Antics of Parker the Sea Lion | Hugh  buttonLink

Enjoying the Fun Antics of Parker the Sea Lion

The aquatic equivalent of a Golden Retriever, Parker the California sea lion always tries so hard to please—leaving Aquarium staff and guests many enjoyable “Parker Moments” to remember.

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Conservation | Volunteering | Birds

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Abe the Avocet and a Rescued Snowy Egret | Hugh  buttonLink

Abe the Avocet and a Rescued Snowy Egret

An American Avocet is introduced to the Shorebird Sanctuary Exhibit and a injured wild Snowy Egret undergoes rehabilitation at the Aquarium.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

THE BIG GUY—MILLER THE SEA LION | Hugh  buttonLink

THE BIG GUY—MILLER THE SEA LION

From orphaned pup to aquatic star; The story of Miller the sea lion.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

“Wallaby-Wannabe” Paddington the Dusky Pademelon | Hugh  buttonLink

“Wallaby-Wannabe” Paddington the Dusky Pademelon

A small kangaroo-like critter helps a husbandry volunteer celebrate his birthday.

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