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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Gray and Fin Whale Bonanza | James S.  buttonLink

Gray and Fin Whale Bonanza

The water has definitely been exciting in the last few days, we even had another visit by the offshore orca. On Sunday the 12th the 3pm whale watch got a chance to see part of this pod again, though this time they were chasing and possibly hunting a fin whale. Not only is it very difficult for orca to hunt full size fin or blue whales, but the offshore orca typically feed on sharks or rays.

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Thursday, February 09, 2017

A Sea Lion’s Video Tour of his Remodeled Exhibit | Hugh  buttonLink

A Sea Lion’s Video Tour of his Remodeled Exhibit

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 25

Milo the sea lion gives you a video tour of the newly remodeled Seal and Sea Lion Exhibit.

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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Return of the Fluking Fin whale! | James S.  buttonLink

Return of the Fluking Fin whale!

Back in 2009 Kera first talked about the fluking fin whale spotted in California that has been nicknamed “Flukey.” We just saw her in the area a week ago, and just like she used to Flukey will fluke every time she goes for a dive.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Penguins | Sharks | Turtles | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Ten Thousand Volunteer Hours Later… | Hugh  buttonLink

Ten Thousand Volunteer Hours Later…

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 24

Back in 1998, instead of spending my day watching television or surfing the web, I decided that I would spend my Saturdays volunteering my time helping to take care of the critters at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Ten thousand volunteer hours later I’m still there.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Southbound Grays Galore! | James S.  buttonLink

Southbound Grays Galore!

There have been a lot of great sightings of plenty of species, but it has especially been good for gray whale sightings. We even had the opportunity to see the rare Eastern Tropical Pacific pod of orca!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Conservation | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Wild Newborn Otter Pup-Five Months Later | Hugh  buttonLink

Wild Newborn Otter Pup-Five Months Later

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 23

I first saw the mother otter with her newborn pup last summer in Monterey Bay. Five months later I ran into the same pair again at the same place in the bay.

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Thursday, January 05, 2017

Gray Whale Season Is Upon Us! | James S.  buttonLink

Gray Whale Season Is Upon Us!

Happy New Year whale friends! I hope everyone’s holidays were enjoyable. It certainly was a lot of fun on the water the last couple of weeks. Since I wrote the last blog we’ve seen orca, grays, fins, humpbacks, and lots of dolphins!

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Milo’s Year Of The Sea Lion Selfie Stick | Hugh  buttonLink

Milo’s Year Of The Sea Lion Selfie Stick

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 22

A look back to Milo’s Year of the Sea Lion Selfie Stick via a compilation on his selfie videos from 2016.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

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Magnificent Fin Whale Feeding

While there is so much to enjoy about these magnificent creatures in our local waters, we have recently had the chance to witness lunge feeding from our fin whales. Lunge feeding behavior involves the whales feeding at the very surface of the water, gliding on their side with their jaw peeking out. Some researchers have hypothesized the coloration on fin whale jaws coincides with their ability to scare prey into more compact ‘bait balls’.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Holiday Treats for the Sea Otters | Hugh  buttonLink

Holiday Treats for the Sea Otters

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 21

In a holiday tradition nearly as old as the Aquarium of the Pacific, a snowman is made for the sea otters to enjoy.

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