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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Which Otter is That? | Hugh  buttonLink

Which Otter is That?

How to tell the Aquarium's otters apart

It was a simple question that a guest asked me recently. How do you tell the otters apart?

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Reptiles | Volunteering

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Spending Christmas Day with the Critters | Hugh  buttonLink

Spending Christmas Day with the Critters

While many were enjoying Christmas opening gifts and sipping eggnog, a dedicated group of staff members and volunteers spent the day caring for the critters of the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Hugh’s Look Back at 2013 | Hugh  buttonLink

Hugh’s Look Back at 2013

Aquarium of the Pacific Highlights From 2013

There were a lot of neat things happening with sea otters, seals, sea lions and penguins in 2013. Lets look back at some of them.

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Animal Updates | Turtles | Volunteering

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Guide to Urban Sea Turtle Watching | Hugh  buttonLink

Guide to Urban Sea Turtle Watching

Hints and anecdotes for viewing the sea turtles of the San Gabriel River.

The San Gabriel River is one of the main watersheds of the Los Angeles Basin. It is also the home of the Northern most colony of Green Sea Turtles and offers prime viewing opportunities for this threatened species.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Vanity, Thy Name is Otter | Hugh  buttonLink

Vanity, Thy Name is Otter

Brook the sea otter experiences a mirror for the first time.

Brook the sea otter experiences a mirror, and sees herself for the first time.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Volunteering

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Lorikeets Help Carve a Halloween Pumpkin | Hugh  buttonLink

Lorikeets Help Carve a Halloween Pumpkin

Lorikeets turn into Piranha-keets for Halloween

The lorikeets of Lorikeet Forest decided that the Halloween pumpkin they were given wasn’t scary enough so they proceeded to carve some improvements into it using their beaks. Check out the time-lapse video of their work.

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Animal Updates | Penguins | Volunteering

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Newsom the Penguin Explores the Guest Side of the Exhibit | Hugh  buttonLink

Newsom the Penguin Explores the Guest Side of the Exhibit

Newsom the penguin decided to explore the penguin under-look for the first time at the June Keyes Penguin Exhibit recently. Check out the video of him watching his penguin mates from the guest perspective.

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Animal Updates | Penguins | Volunteering

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

March of the Penguin Chicks | Hugh  buttonLink

March of the Penguin Chicks

Fall in line and prepare to smile. The penguin chicks are on the march!

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Animal Updates | Fish | Sharks | Volunteering

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Target-Training a Shark | Hugh  buttonLink

Target-Training a Shark

Training a shark to participate in its own husbandry care.

How do you get a nearly 8 foot long free swimming shark out of the water for a checkup? With a sea lion or sea otter the animal can be trained to get into a transport kennel when asked. Nicky, an Aquarium of the Pacific aquarist, decided to train Fern the Zebra Shark to willingly swim onto a transport stretcher using the same training techniques used to train marine mammals.

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Animal Updates | Penguins | Volunteering

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Floyd and Roxy Have a Chick | Hugh  buttonLink

Floyd and Roxy Have a Chick

The Penguin Soap Opera Continues

The Penguin love triangle that involved the fair maiden from Brazil, the old veteran from San Diego and the young stud from San Francisco has produced a couple of cute chicks. It has also produced a strange twist in the Penguin Soap Opera in the June Keyes Penguin Exhibit.

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