Thursday, June 01, 2017
Hugh's Aquarium Views Number 32
Ollie is the must rambunctious and clever sea otter I’ve ever met. Case in point is how she taught herself how to make a snowball.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Hugh's Aquarium Views Number 31
Since 2008 when the Aquarium’s vet, Dr. Lance Adams, first introduced us to the sea turtles of the San Gabriel River, my wife Pam and I have been taking field notes and photos of these unexpected urban residents. The photos were used in a photo identification study project led by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The results were presented this year as a scientific poster at the International Sea Turtle Symposium, a gathering of sea turtle scientists and researchers from around the world.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 30
So what is it like volunteering every Saturday with the critters at the Aquarium of the Pacific? Well here’s a year’s worth of 1 second video moments of my volunteer shifts in under 60 seconds.
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 29
The early stages of training a harbor seal to take a selfie.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
There are just a few animals at the Aquarium of the Pacific that can cause me to have an affectionate emotional response when I look deep into their eyes; sea otters, sea lions, penguins and flamboyant cuttlefish.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
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.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
When people feel cold they can put on a jacket. Sea lions, on the other hand, have a hard time finding a good tailor out in the ocean. So what can they do when they feel a chill? The answer is called thermoregulation. Recently our sea lion demonstrated their method of thermoregulation in the pinniped exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Some of our intelligent and highly talented sea lions are learning a new way to express themselves. They are adding the art of painting to their abilities.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
The land that the Aquarium of the Pacific sits on was once offshore of an old rollercoaster called the Cyclone Racers. With photographs, this week’s blog explores a bit of the history of the Rainbow Harbor area.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
I’ve been asked by visitors to the Aquarium what my favorite pinniped is. Most of them expect my answer to be either the California sea lion (like Miller) or the Harbor seal (like Ellie) because of how much I work and play with these critters. They are surprised when I tell them that the Elephant seal is actually my favorite. This is the story of how a young elephant seal once saved this volunteer from a mauling by a pack of wild animals.