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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Blue Whale Season Is Almost Upon Us! | James S.  buttonLink

Blue Whale Season Is Almost Upon Us!

Blue whale season is almost in full swing. They come to Southern California in the summer to feed. There are numerous areas along the west coast of the U.S. and Canada that are summer feeding grounds for this species.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

GALUMPHING: How Seals Move On Land | Hugh  buttonLink

GALUMPHING: How Seals Move On Land

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 33

If you have ever attended a Seals & Sea Lions show at the Aquarium of the Pacific you’ve probably heard the term galumphing as a description of how a harbor seal moves on land. In this week’s video I thought I’d give everyone a close up, slow motion view of what the term is describing.

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Thursday, June 08, 2017

Another Orca Visit | James S.  buttonLink

Another Orca Visit

There has been a great amount of variety on the water recently, we even had a visit by the friendly CA51 pod of orca! These are a transient subtype of orca that predominantly feed on mammals. It was a rare treat to see this family again, and they are very boat friendly as you can see from the pictures.

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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Ollie Makes A Snowball | Hugh  buttonLink

Ollie Makes A Snowball

Hugh's Aquarium Views Number 32

Ollie is the must rambunctious and clever sea otter I’ve ever met. Case in point is how she taught herself how to make a snowball.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Early blue whales in California! | James S.  buttonLink

Early blue whales in California!

Our new interns have all started and are doing an amazing job. We’ve had great sightings of dolphins, humpbacks, blue whales, fin whales, and even caught sight of a minke and an elephant seal! It’s been a while since our naturalists have been able to mention minke whales on the boats and years since the last time we could catalog an elephant seal sighting.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Gray whale season is almost over | James S.  buttonLink

Gray whale season is almost over

Our sightings of gray whales have definitely been reduced over the last couple of weeks, only a few instances where we were able to see probably the last few cow/calf pairs heading north for their summer feeding. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go whale watching! We’ve seen lots of dolphins recently, even saw some Risso’s dolphins again.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Humpbacks in the area! | James S.  buttonLink

Humpbacks in the area!

Historically during our normal water conditions, and even during some La Nina conditions, we have seen humpback whales show up late spring through early/mid fall. We had amazing sightings and numbers of humpbacks during our last El Nino, hopefully the numbers stay pretty high this year too. We recently spotted a couple of humpbacks in the last week, hanging out together between Abalone Cove State Marine Conservation Area and Point Fermin.

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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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