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Thursday, April 20, 2017

1 Second Every Saturday | Hugh  buttonLink

1 Second Every Saturday

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 30

So what is it like volunteering every Saturday with the critters at the Aquarium of the Pacific? Well here’s a year’s worth of 1 second video moments of my volunteer shifts in under 60 seconds.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Lots of gray whales, and an early blue whale! | James S.  buttonLink

Lots of gray whales, and  an early blue whale!

It’s not uncommon to see an early blue whale in April or early May and it makes for a great surprise during whale watches. We’re also seeing lots of gray whales moving north with their calves. April is definitely the time for cow-calf pairs.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A Whale of a Tale | In Focus  buttonLink

A Whale of a Tale

Alyssa Pacaut traveled to San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja California to get up close and personal with baby gray whales…

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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Seal Selfie Training | Hugh  buttonLink

Seal Selfie Training

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 29

The early stages of training a harbor seal to take a selfie.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Very Rare Sighting of False Killer Whales! | James S.  buttonLink

Very Rare Sighting of False Killer Whales!

False killer whales (pseudorca) are a rare treat for us to observe on the boats, it has almost been a full calendar year since the last time we had a sighting. Unlike their cousins the orca, pseudorca are not well researched.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Love is in the air | James S.  buttonLink

Love is in the air

Not only have we seen lots of courting and potential mating behavior from our cetaceans, but a few more great sightings of the pacific white-sided dolphins. Our interns have captured photos of fin whales, gray whales, and common dolphins exhibiting courting and mating behaviors.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Charlie the Sea Otter’s 20th Birthday | Hugh  buttonLink

Charlie the Sea Otter’s 20th Birthday

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 27

Charlie the sea otter celebrates his 20th birthday.

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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Habitat Renovation is Seal and Sea Lion Approved | In Focus  buttonLink

Habitat Renovation is Seal and Sea Lion Approved

Meagan Nadal and Katie Finch—two of the mammalogists who take care of sea lions Parker, Harpo, and Milo, and harbor seals Shelby, Troy, and Ellie—update you about all of the behind-the-scenes work that went into renovations and how the lovable pinnipeds are enjoying their new home.

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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Surprise humpback whale! | James S.  buttonLink

Surprise humpback whale!

In the last 3-5 years we have documented humpback whales during every season of the year. It’s been a little while since we last saw one on our whale watches, and we were pleasantly surprised with how active the whales were during a couple of boat trips.

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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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