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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Talking About Urban Sea Turtles | Hugh  buttonLink

Talking About Urban Sea Turtles

Come learn about a local endangered species.

On August 8th my wife Pam and I will be part of a panel discussion at the Aquarium of the Pacific on a population of an endangered species that has chosen an improbable environmental niche in which to survive, the Green Sea Turtles of the San Gabriel River. Dan Lawson of NOAA, Pam and the Aquarium vet Lance Adams will talk about the recent research on these animals and the rehabilitation and tracking of stranded turtles. Many of my sea turtle images from the river will be used in the talks.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Mammals | Penguins | Volunteering

Monday, July 09, 2012

Aquarium Summer Tidbits to Check Out | Hugh  buttonLink

Aquarium Summer Tidbits to Check Out

Penguins with bad hair days, Sea Lions with bad breath and wild gull chicks roaming the Pinniped Exhibit. Three summer tidbits to check out on your next visit to the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Penguins | Volunteering

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bubbling with Penguin Enrichment Ideas | Hugh  buttonLink

Bubbling with Penguin Enrichment Ideas

Penguins checking out soap bubbles

Just like with our marine mammals the staff at the Aquarium of the Pacific likes to come up with ideas to keep our penguins mentally stimulated or as I like to put it, entertained.  This week I’d like to share some images of an enrichment session that we recently gave our Magellanic Penguins. One that was just bubbling with excitement for the penguins.

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Animal Updates | Penguins | Volunteering

Thursday, June 07, 2012

A Penguin Who Tweets | Hugh  buttonLink

A Penguin Who Tweets

Avery Tweets from June Keyes

One of my favorite penguins of the group known as the “Brazilians” has a new hobby. Since the June Keyes Exhibit opened Avery the Magellanic Penguin has gone up into the cloud so to speak and set up his own Twitter account. This week I’d like to share a few of his tweets.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Penguins | Volunteering

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Penguins from Ipanema | Hugh  buttonLink

Penguins from Ipanema

Hundreds of their kindred comrades had succumbed to changes in their environment that they could not adapt in time to. Far from their normal range sick and dying Magellanic Penguins were washing ashore on Brazilian beaches better known in song than for black and white flightless aquatic birds. To do its part in trying to help these forlorn avians the Aquarium of the Pacific took in a small group of these distressed penguins to give them medical treatment and a home. Yet despite their tragic back story these “Brazilians” and their antics have gotten this particular aquarium volunteer smiling and humming “The Penguin from Ipanema” during his Saturday encounters with them.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, May 10, 2012

IT’S A GIRL!  Newborn Harbor Seal Pup | Hugh  buttonLink

IT’S A GIRL!  Newborn Harbor Seal Pup

Shelby the harbor seal gives birth

When I first started as a marine mammal volunteer at the Aquarium a few weeks before its grand opening in 1998, a young female harbor seal named Shelby was one of the first animals I was introduced to. I had the joy of spending the next fourteen years watching her grow up to become a beautiful adult seal. A couple of weeks ago, just a few days after her sweet sixteen birthday, Shelby the harbor seal gave birth to a bouncing baby seal!

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Images from Grand Prix Weekend 2012 | Hugh  buttonLink

Images from Grand Prix Weekend 2012

The Aquarium of the Pacific may have been closed while celebrity racers were speeding past the dolphin fountain outside, but there was a lot going on inside as the facility did its annual spring cleaning.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

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Otter 581

Another orphan baby sea otter finds a home in Long Beach

Not yet named but temporarily known by her case number, Otter 581 arrived at the Aquarium of the Pacific a few weeks ago. In this week’s blog I’d like to share a few images of her during her first full day at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sea Lions in the Rain | Hugh  buttonLink

Sea Lions in the Rain

No matter how exhausting my work week may have been I always find myself revitalized by my Saturday volunteer shift at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Spending time with the critters there always fills me with energy and joy, even in the pouring rain.

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Animal Updates | Birds

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Dance of the Reddish Egret | Hugh  buttonLink

Dance of the Reddish Egret

The Reddish Egrets of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands

When I’m not hanging around Parker the sea lion, Ollie the sea otter, and Noodles the penguin at the Aquarium of the Pacific, I like to spent my free time taking in the local wildlife found around Southern California. One of my favorite activities is to head down to the Bolsa Chica Wetlands to take in the “Dance of the Reddish Egret”.

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