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Thursday, June 06, 2013

15 Years of Aquarium Memories | Hugh  buttonLink

15 Years of Aquarium Memories

The first week of June marks my 15th year of volunteering at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Later this month the Aquarium celebrates the 15th Anniversary of its Grand Opening. So to commemorate both occasions, in no particular order, I’d like to share 15 of my favorite memories of the Aquarium of the Pacific over the years.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

IT’S A BOY! | Hugh  buttonLink

IT’S A BOY!

Shelby the Harbor Seal gives birth to a male pup.

Shelby, the most lovable and huggable seal in the Aquarium, has her own huggable seal to lavish love on. On May 1, 2013 she gave birth to a 14.8 kilogram male harbor seal.

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Thursday, May 09, 2013

Welcome Back Charlie! | Hugh  buttonLink

Welcome Back Charlie!

The critter that pushed the envelope in otter behavior is back in Long Beach.

Charlie the Sea Otter is famous amongst zoological institutions. He was the first sea otter trained to give a voluntary blood sample. For the past couple of years Charlie was up north in a famous research facility participating in an important research project on sea otter hearing.  Now that that research is concluded he has returned to his home town of Long Beach.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Steller Sea Lion Getting “Thiggy” with California Sea Lions | Hugh  buttonLink

Steller Sea Lion Getting “Thiggy” with California Sea Lions

Parker is the Aquarium of the Pacific’s largest California Sea Lion. Standing next to him in the pinniped exhibit I am in awe how massive he’s become. This summer he should top out at about 700 pounds!  And he’s still growing!  Yet this favorite sea lion of mine is a mere Hobbit when compared to the largest of the Otariidae, the Steller Sea Lion.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Critter Portraits | Hugh  buttonLink

Critter Portraits

This week I’d like to share some critter portraits I’ve taken over the past few months. 

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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Otter Wish List | Hugh  buttonLink

Otter Wish List

It was one of the cutest and most fun enrichment sessions I’ve had with the otters. A simple child-like teething toy that the Furball was greatly enjoying was bringing a big smile to my face. As she chewed and tugged on the durable plaything I thought to myself how neat it was that such a simple item could bring so much happiness to this otter. Now the public has a chance to help enrich the lives of our critters by way of the Animal Care Wish List.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

iPad-Playing Penguins | Hugh  buttonLink

iPad-Playing Penguins

Penguins chase a virtual mouse

Take an old obsolete iPad. Load up a cat game app. Place in front of a couple of young curious penguins and you have the recipe for a fun time for these aquatic birds and a pretty neat video.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Furball Through The Years | Hugh  buttonLink

The Furball Through The Years

Watching a Sea Otter Grow Up

I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to watch the Gidget the Sea Otter as she grew from a shy orphan pup to a good natured young adult. This week I’d like to share some images of the Furball through the years.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Adventures in Otter Space | Hugh  buttonLink

Adventures in Otter Space

Epilogue

As my adventures with Gidget the orphan Sea Otter draws to a close I’d like to share the full story of my relationship with her during her time in Long Beach.

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Monday, January 07, 2013

Hiding From Killer Whales | Hugh  buttonLink

Hiding From Killer Whales

Grays Whale use Kelp Forest to hide from Orcas

On New Years Day 2013, four killer whales from the pod known as CA-51 swam past Point Vicente where I was helping out the Gray Whale Census Project spot cetaceans. As I went down to the cliff side to get a better angle on the orcas my wife Pam yelled at me to look down. When I did I was surprised to see two gray whales apparently hiding out in the kelp below the cliff.

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