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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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Animal Updates | Mammals | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Happy Holidays From The Otters | Hugh  buttonLink

Happy Holidays From The Otters

As a holiday treat for our otter fans I’d like to share a video of the sea otters enjoying their snowman and treats during this month’s Holiday Treats for the Animals festivities.

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Thursday, December 06, 2012

A Snowman for the Otters | Hugh  buttonLink

A Snowman for the Otters

An Annual Tradition Continued

During the annual Holiday Treats for the Animals festival it has become a tradition for me to build the first snowman of the season for the sea otters in their exhibit. I will be sharing some images and annecdotes on this year’s creation.

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Animal Updates | Penguins | Volunteering

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Penguin Love Triangle | Hugh  buttonLink

Penguin Love Triangle

The Soap Opera in June Keyes

Throughout the spring it was a wonderful duet. The elder penguin from San Diego would call out to his mate and the young female from Brazil would answer in kind. Then a young male from San Francisco entered the picture…

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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Why I Love the Furball | Hugh  buttonLink

Why I Love the Furball

Top 10 Reasons

Gidget is my favorite sea otter. When I miss my Aquarium volunteer shift due to being out of town on business trips I tend to go through otter withdrawal symptoms from not being around this adorable ball of fur. Why do I have such affection for this member of the Enhydra lutris species? Here are the top ten reasons why I love the Furball.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Strolling Down the River with a Sea Turtle | Hugh  buttonLink

Strolling Down the River with a Sea Turtle

Hugh's Field Notes from the San Gabriel River

Strolling down the river with a sea turtle. A falcon hunts egrets and grebes. Sea lions creatively foraging in the river. A look at some of my field notes from a summer of Green Sea Turtle research at the San Gabriel River.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Come See Betty the Sea Otter | Hugh  buttonLink

Come See Betty the Sea Otter

The Princess Otter

Fall’s cool weather has finally arrived in Long Beach and a cool otter has finally arrived. Betty, the baby otter named after Betty White, has been introduced to the older female otters in the main exhibit. She can now be seen daily by Aquarium guests playing with the other otters and scurrying around the exhibit.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Otter Life Lessons | Hugh  buttonLink

Otter Life Lessons

Observations from Otter Space

Sea Otters are super cool animals. Since starting my Adventures in Otter Space with the experience of raising Furball, aka Gidget, the orphaned pup years ago I’ve learned a lot about sea otters. I’ve also learned a lot from them. Here are some Otter Life Lessons to ponder.

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