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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pinniped Encounters at the Aquarium of the Pacific | Hugh  buttonLink

Pinniped Encounters at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Up close and personal with a sea lion or seal.

Although Parker the sea lion is the star of the popular pinniped encounters at the Aquarium of the Pacific he is not the only animal ambassador from the seal and sea lion exhibit. His understudies, Harpo the sea lion and Shelby the harbor seal are also ready to meet and greet aquarium guests. Each animal brings their own unique style and personality to the session.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Et tu, Brude? | Julien  buttonLink

Et tu, Brude?

The Story of the Bryde’s Whales and the First Blue of the Season!

This is a whale we have never blogged about and it is an honor to do so! The name of these whales remind me that it is wedding season; Bryde’s, but don’t let the name confuse you. It is pronounced Brū-de or Brū-des whale. The reason I am mentioning them is because we just had two sightings, something super rare and I have never seen in the four years I have been here! ALSO, THE FIRST BLUE!

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Friday, May 30, 2014

May of Grays | Julien  buttonLink

May of Grays

We have officially said goodbye to the grays as we transition into blue whale season, though we are still seeing a few cow/calf pairs heading north. Read on to see the final numbers and read about our humpback whale surprise!

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Force is Strong with this Otter | Hugh  buttonLink

The Force is Strong with this Otter

Brook is the oldest female Southern Sea Otter under zoological care. This May she turned 17 years old. Many know her as the light saber-wielding Darth Otter from the online viral video. However this otter is more Yoda than Vader.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

April Recap & the Return of the Killer Whales! | Julien  buttonLink

April Recap & the Return of the Killer Whales!

Gray whale season is winding down but we had a pretty exciting April with around 36 cow/calf pairs of grays heading back up north so the females can eat again and wean their calves. Read on to see news on humpbacks, killer whales, dolphins, and a rare bird!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Parenting and Predation | Julien  buttonLink

Parenting and Predation

We have had some exciting trips out on the water with the small spring storms and more of the northbound gray whale migration! We have still been seeing many juveniles heading north, which makes sense since many of the whales without calves are the first to pass our coast.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Aquarium Snapshots: Spring 2014 | Hugh  buttonLink

Aquarium Snapshots: Spring 2014

Milo the sea lion does a high back flip. Lou the sea turtle glides through the water. Ollie the sea otter enjoys a slide. These are descriptions of some snapshots of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s critters from the past few months.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

You Know You’ve Been an Animal Care Volunteer a Long Time When… | Hugh  buttonLink

You Know You’ve Been an Animal Care Volunteer a Long Time When…

You know you’ve been an animal care volunteer at the Aquarium of the Pacific for a long time when you can alley-oop a herring to a sea lion better than Chris Paul can alley-oop a basketball to Blake Griffin and can pitch a clam to the paw of a sea otter more accurately than Clayton Kershaw can pitch a baseball to the glove of a catcher. Check out the rest of the just-for-fun look at a decade-and-a-half-worth of experiences of a longtime Aquarium volunteer.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

False Killer Whales! | Julien  buttonLink

False Killer Whales!

“A what killer whale?” This might be the first question you have after reading the title of this blog. Answer: super cool, super rare toothed whales. Read on to see some more information and pictures!

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Happy 17th Birthday, Charlie! | Hugh  buttonLink

Happy 17th Birthday, Charlie!

Charlie is a very special sea otter. He was the first otter in the world to give a voluntary blood sample. He participated in a landmark study on sea otter auditory abilities. And he and longtime female otter companion Brook were there in 1998 when the Aquarium of the Pacific first opened. On March 1, 2014, Charlie celebrated his seventeenth birthday.

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