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Friday, December 02, 2016

Scarlett and a Breaching Minke! | James S.  buttonLink

Scarlett and a Breaching Minke!

Even though the air is getting cooler on the water, we’re still seeing plenty of life on our whale watches right now. There have been a number of humpback sightings (4 in one trip!) and we even got to see Scarlett again. If you have been keeping track of our blogs, Scarlett was seen a couple of months ago with a lot of red lice on their body.

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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Thank You From Brook The Sea Otter | Hugh  buttonLink

Thank You From Brook The Sea Otter

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 20

Brook’s video thank you to everyone who supported the Aquarium of the Pacific this year.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Say Hello to the Risso’s Dolphins! | James S.  buttonLink

Say Hello to the Risso’s Dolphins!

Not only was this past weekend great for our sighting numbers, but we observed more playful behavior from the Risso’s dolphins than normal. One of our interns was able to capture an image of one playing and splashing while swimming on its back at the surface! I’ve only ever seen the very reserved and shy behavior typically found of our local Risso’s dolphins.

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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Sea Otter Fur FLIR | Hugh  buttonLink

Sea Otter Fur FLIR

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 19

Using a FLIR (Forward Looking InfraRed) thermal imaging camera to demonstrate how a sea otter’s fur works.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Special surprise orca visit, and more! | James S.  buttonLink

Special surprise orca visit, and more!

Mostly we see orcas during the winter and spring, but every once in a while they show up at random times of the year. There have been a number of instances where the captains on the Harbor Breeze cruises hear from others that they have spotted orcas, but it’s just too far for us to try and get to that area.

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Thursday, October 06, 2016

Charlie gets a Spa Day | Hugh  buttonLink

Charlie gets a Spa Day

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 17

The staff refers to a day where a sea otter gets a pool of water and a tub of ice to themselves as a Spa Day. Check out the video of Charlie’s Spa Day.

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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

5 Things to Know About the Vaquita | In Focus  buttonLink

5 Things to Know About the Vaquita

Vaquita porpoises, at 5 feet long, are the smallest-known species of whale. They inhabit a small region in the northern Gulf of California and are at severe risk of going extinct.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Humpback Whales and new Interns | James S.  buttonLink

Humpback Whales and new Interns

Hello everyone! It’s been a great time out in our local waters this month so far. The ocean breeze is amazing when you want to get away from the inland heat. Our sightings for the past couple weeks have been pretty varied, we’ve seen a few blue whales, followed the same two humpbacks for days, and are welcoming our new set of whale ID interns.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Little Orphan Ollie | Hugh  buttonLink

Little Orphan Ollie

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video number 16

Six years have passed since “Little Orphan Ollie” first came to the Aquarium of the Pacific and I again became an Otter Pop to a precocious little sea otter pup.

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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Milo Last Selfie of the Summer | Hugh  buttonLink

Milo Last Selfie of the Summer

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 15

You see plenty of examples of animals photobombing people taking selfies so I thought I’d turn the tables on one particular animal.

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