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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Basket Stars | Hugh  buttonLink

Basket Stars

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video number 12

It looks a campy alien monster out of a 1960s Irwin Allen sci-fi TV show. It’s tentacle-like arms curling in and out to ambush unsuspecting prey. The eerily pulsating membrane of its body announces that its poor victims are being devoured. Yet it’s not science fiction. It’s a creature called a basket star and you can see it in person at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Octopus Bowl | Hugh  buttonLink

Octopus Bowl

An octopus investigates a football. The latest Hugh's Aquarium Views video

A video of an octopus playing with a football. It’s seemed only appropriate though coincidental that the Aquarium of the Pacific’s giant Pacific octopus checked out a football the same week that the Rams Football Team announces its return to Los Angeles.

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Thursday, November 05, 2015

The Octopus and the Zombie Sea Stars | Hugh  buttonLink

The Octopus and the Zombie Sea Stars

Sunflower Stars attempt to steal treats from a Giant Pacific Octopus.

What happens when you give an octopus a Halloween pumpkin filled with tasty treats? Well its lair gets visited by sea star Trick-or-Treaters.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Flamboyant Cuttlefish | Hugh  buttonLink

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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Thursday, June 04, 2015

Sand Dollar Feeding Frenzy | Hugh  buttonLink

Sand Dollar Feeding Frenzy

A Parallel Universe right under our noses.

It’s a scene of mass carnage at the Aquarium. Hundreds of animals being stalked, pursued and devoured by relentless predators. And it’s all happening nearly invisible to the naked eye. The feeding frenzy of the Sand Dollar.

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Animal Updates | Invertebrates | Arts | Enrichment | Volunteering

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The “Finger”-Painting Octopus | Dominique  buttonLink

The “Finger”-Painting Octopus

Part 2

Part 2 of my adventures in building an enrichment object that would allow our giant Pacific octopus, Gunda, to paint.

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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

The “Finger”-Painting Octopus | Dominique  buttonLink

The “Finger”-Painting Octopus

Part 1

Many of you have seen the seals and sea lions painting as an enrichment activity. Some zoos and aquariums even have elephants, giraffes and rhinos paint. If these smart mammals can do it, why can’t our octopus, the smartest invertebrate at the Aquarium? We decided to give our giant Pacific octopus, Gunda, the chance to try.

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Fish | Invertebrates

Monday, March 21, 2011

On the Road with the Husbandry Team | Claire  buttonLink

On the Road with the Husbandry Team

This past fall members of the Aquarium’s husbandry department traveled to Alaska to gather knowledge and animal specimens for the Aquarium’s new exhibit set to open in May 2011, Arctic & Antarctic: Our Polar Regions in Peril.

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Education | Amphibians | Birds | Fish | Invertebrates | Mammals | Reptiles | Turtles

Monday, June 29, 2009

“Where Can I Get One of Those?” | Staci  buttonLink

“Where Can I Get One of Those?”

Working with the Program Animals gives me the opportunity to introduce our guests to a variety of really cool animals including birds, reptiles, and terrestrial mammals.  Some of these types of animals - like Lola the sulfur crested cockatoo, Matches the bearded dragon, and Iggy the green iguana - are commonly kept as pets.  I get approached by guests all the time asking where they could acquire such a pet, or telling me about the pets they already have.  While I’m very happy there are folks out there interested in caring for animals, there are many things to take into consideration before you take on the responsibility of keeping any animal as a pet.  Knowing a lot about the animal you intend to bring home is essential, as is taking care of the unique needs of your pet!

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Volunteering | Invertebrates

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Keeping Busy During The Long Beach Grand Prix | Chris  buttonLink

Keeping Busy During The Long Beach Grand Prix

Even when the Aquarium of the Pacific is closed to the public for the hubbub of the Long Beach Grand Prix, the work inside continues. In fact, for some of us the work INCREASES, because we have the opportunity to do some bigger projects that we can’t do during regular working days.

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