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Thursday, April 10, 2008

How to Train a Sea Lion (and a Rabbit) | Hugh  buttonLink

How to Train a Sea Lion (and a Rabbit)

Just because you don’t have a handy sea lion around doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun training animals. Any critter can be trained as long as you know what makes it happy!

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Conservation | Volunteering | Fish | Invertebrates | Mammals

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

ODE TO A BOX OF SQUID | Hugh  buttonLink

ODE TO A BOX OF SQUID

“Calamari in my hand—-
Fancy name bestowed by man.
Kids will eat it with a bib—-
To a seal it’s just a squid.”

The story of Loligo opalescens—-aka Calamari or Market Squid

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Conservation | Birds | Mammals | Reptiles

Monday, March 17, 2008

Up Close and Personal-The Program Animals | Hugh  buttonLink

Up Close and Personal-The Program Animals

Lola is a cockatoo. How do I know this? Because Lola told me that he was. When program keeper Melissa had the bird on her arm and asked Lola “What are you?” Lola replied “COCKTOO!” Lola is one of the many program animals that our staff takes around the aquarium to interact with guests.

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Diving | Volunteering | Mammals

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

SWIMMING WITH SEA LIONS | Hugh  buttonLink

SWIMMING WITH SEA LIONS

Some of my fondest memories of volunteering at the Aquarium of the Pacific come from the impromptu enrichment swims that we use to do in the Seal and Sea Lion Exhibit. I remember floating in the water nose to nose with a sea lion only inches away from my mask as we both lazily bobbed just under the surface with the critter looking upon me with a gaze of familiarity that only comes from years of working with an animal.

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Volunteering | Birds | Mammals | Sharks | Turtles

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

HUGH’S SATURDAY WITH THE CRITTERS | Hugh  buttonLink

HUGH’S SATURDAY WITH THE CRITTERS

For those of you who wonder what I actually do during my Saturday marine mammal shift at the Aquarium of the Pacific, this week’s blog is a rundown of my day.

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Conservation | Education | Mammals

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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