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Animal Updates | Mammals | Video

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Ollie Makes A Snowball | Hugh

Ollie Makes A Snowball

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.

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Animal Updates | Turtles | Conservation | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sea Turtle Photo Identification Results | Hugh

Sea Turtle Photo Identification Results

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.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Invertebrates | Mammals | Penguins | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, April 20, 2017

1 Second Every Saturday | Hugh

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.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Enrichment | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Seal Selfie Training | Hugh

Seal Selfie Training

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 29

The early stages of training a harbor seal to take a selfie.

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Animal Updates | Invertebrates | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Flamboyant Cuttlefish | Hugh

The Flamboyant Cuttlefish

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.

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Animal Updates | Fish | Sharks | Volunteering

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Target-Training a Shark | Hugh

Target-Training a Shark

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.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, November 19, 2009

THERMOREGULATION | Hugh

THERMOREGULATION

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.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Paintings by Sea Lions | Hugh

Paintings by Sea Lions

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.

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10 Year Anniversary Stories

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

BEFORE THE AQUARIUM—-A Quick Long Beach History Lesson | Hugh

BEFORE THE AQUARIUM—-A Quick Long Beach History Lesson

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.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, May 08, 2008

The Seal that Rescued a Rescuer | Hugh

The Seal that Rescued a Rescuer

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.

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