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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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Animal Updates | Birds | Mammals | Turtles | Conservation | Volunteering

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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Animal Updates | Penguins | Volunteering

Thursday, September 13, 2012

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Newsom

The Personable Penguin

When he first came to the Aquarium, Newsom was a shy young penguin who had yet to develop the head stripe that characterizes his species. Today after going through his first molt Newsom now has a stripe and a curiosity for people that adores himself to participants in Penguin Encounters and to VIPs and media folks on his field trips.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

HELLO BIXBY! | Hugh  buttonLink

HELLO BIXBY!

A Little Seal in a Big Exhibit

It was nervous time for this marine mammal volunteer as I came in for my Saturday shift. Bixby, the daughter of harbor seals Shelby and Troy, was reintroduced to the seal and sea lion exhibit just a few days earlier.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Penguins | Volunteering

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Why Penguins Can’t Fly | Hugh  buttonLink

Why Penguins Can’t Fly

And why they may choose not to fly according to Avery the Penguin.

According to physics there are clear scientific reasons why penguins CAN’T fly. But according to Avery the Penguin there are several practical reason why penguins WON’T fly.

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