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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Fintastic Fall and Killer Whales! | Julien  buttonLink

Fintastic Fall and Killer Whales!

Fin whales, Killer Whales, and our first Grays of the season!

Hello whale lovers! So much has been going on! As you have been reading in the previous blogs, we have been seeing tons of friendly humpback whales and a few blues.  Even though the humpbacks, and even some blues, have still been around this month, the real show stealers have been the fin whales! It is common for us to see fin whales closer to shore in the fall since they tend to feed further offshore during the summer months. Just a few days ago, we spotted our first gray whale of the season!  Also, meet one of our many amazing naturalists, Jennifer Thompson!

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Welcome to Peregian Beach – Gearing Up for BRAHSS 2014 | Karen  buttonLink

Welcome to Peregian Beach – Gearing Up for BRAHSS 2014

93 humans have also gathered in Peregian Beach, preparing for a huge coordinated season of research studying humpback whales in a project called BRAHSS (Behavioural Response of Australian Humpback Whales to Seismic Surveys).

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Very Humpbacky October | Julien  buttonLink

A Very Humpbacky October

Humpbacks galore and blues too!

The blue whales have still been making some cameo appearances, with around 40 sightings, even though the season has ended. Though we are seeing a few blues still perusing krill, the show stealers have continued to be the humpback whales! Just in the month of October, we had a total of twenty four humpback whale sightings with lots of exciting humpback behavior like tail lobbing and breaching.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Enrichment | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Otter Party Time-lapse | Hugh  buttonLink

Otter Party Time-lapse

Using piles of ice and treats filled toys the sea otters of the Aquarium of the Pacific are given a frozen enrichment landscape in which to party in. And they do party!  Check out the time-lapse video of their playtime.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Just Under the Surface | Julien  buttonLink

Just Under the Surface

Happy October everybody! This month has been flying by and even though we have ended our blue whale tours we are still seeing them! That’s right, the blues are still here and they are not the only stars of the show lately. Humpback whales, several at a time, have been sighted, feeding and being very curious with our boats and our guests on-board.

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Thursday, October 09, 2014

Hooray for “Olliewood” | Hugh  buttonLink

Hooray for “Olliewood”

A sea otter's personal playground

It may be called the BP Sea Otter Exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific but to one particular free spirited sea otter it’s her own personal playground that I like to call “Olliewood”. This month marks Ollie the sea otter’s fourth year at the Aquarium.

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Lunge-a-Palooza | Julien  buttonLink

Lunge-a-Palooza

Blues, fins and minkes lunge feeding at the surface!

This is what we have been waiting for! We have ended September with incredible trips with numerous blues and lots of action!

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Thursday, September 04, 2014

The Blues Continue to Amaze! | Julien  buttonLink

The Blues Continue to Amaze!

But What About the Dolphins?

The end of August has been pretty amazing with blue whale sightings every day! Along with the blue whales giving us great shows out there, minke whales and more humpbacks have been sighted too. These are baleen whales that have made themselves the stars of the shows, but what about the pre-show entertainment?

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, August 28, 2014

What People Think I Do | Hugh  buttonLink

What People Think I Do

Working the 80% to enjoy the 20%

There is a popular meme out on social media called “What People Think I Do” that shows what different people think your job involves depending on their perspective. Check out my description of what people think a husbandry (animal care) volunteer does.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

What a Summer We are Having! | Julien  buttonLink

What a Summer We are Having!

Hello whale fans! I am back and am so excited to report all the cetacean activity we have been having this summer! If you have had a chance to go out on the water then you may have an idea of how thrilling our trips have been. If you have not, you should take a few hours to see some amazing marine life with us! Blues, fins, minkes, humpbacks, dolphins, mola molas and even a thresher shark! Read on to learn more.

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