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Thursday, April 07, 2011

An Exciting Encounter with a Ninja Whale | Kera  buttonLink

An Exciting Encounter with a Ninja Whale

And breaching baby humpback whales too!

One of the nicknames we have for the minke whales are ninja whales. They’re the whale that pops up once and then disappears. Just last week we had a minke whale come up to the boat and it was far from acting like a ninja. Read on to find out what happened.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

OLLIE THE SEA OTTER GETS A ROLE MODEL | Hugh  buttonLink

OLLIE THE SEA OTTER GETS A ROLE MODEL

When Ollie was introduced to Brook a few weeks ago the goal was to gradually accustom the little critter to other sea otters. Brook, being the senior female of the exhibit, is also turning out to be an excellent role model for the younger otter. Check out the images of the two otters together.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Looks like the Cow/Calf Pairs Are Late for Dinner! | Kera  buttonLink

Looks like the Cow/Calf Pairs Are Late for Dinner!

Normally by this time in the season we’re seeing a good amount of cow/calf pairs of gray whales passing by us in Long Beach. This year it seems like they’re a little behind, but the singles and juveniles are still giving us a good show!

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ollie the Otter Video Snippets | Hugh  buttonLink

Ollie the Otter Video Snippets

This week I’d like to share a few recent video snippets of Ollie the Sea Otter as she grows up at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Gray Whales, Blue Whales, and Even Sperm Whales! | Kera  buttonLink

Gray Whales, Blue Whales, and Even Sperm Whales!

All within 2 weeks!

What an exciting week this has been! Last week the first blue whale of the season was spotted, we’ve had numerous sightings of gray whales, and then yesterday we saw 14 sperm whales hanging out at the surface! I don’t think there could be a better week of whale watching!

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ollie the Otter’s Schooling Continues | Hugh  buttonLink

Ollie the Otter’s Schooling Continues

Ollie the sea otter is progressing nicely in her school work at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Her training continues with husbandry behaviors designed to help in her care and well-being. This week’s blogs includes images of Ollie in class.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

A Once in a Lifetime Sighting on the Boat! | Kera  buttonLink

A Once in a Lifetime Sighting on the Boat!

On Saturday January 29, our 3:00 p.m. whale watch boats got quite the sight! While coming up on a gray whale, they noticed very unusual gray whale behavior. The gray whale they had spotted was swimming in circles under the water. They couldn’t see exactly what the whale was doing, but they knew it wasn’t a “normal” gray whale swimming pattern. Read on to find out what they saw next!

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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Ollie the Otter Goes to School | Hugh  buttonLink

Ollie the Otter Goes to School

Ollie has grown quite a bit in the months since she arrived at the Aquarium last fall. So much so that the staff has already begun her basic training.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Brook and the Furball | Hugh  buttonLink

Brook and the Furball

Brook led the good life. Being one of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s original sea otters back when it opened in 1998, Brook was treated like Royalty and became the Queen of the Northern Pacific Gallery. She is also one of the most beautiful otters in the State and seems to know it. The gorgeous otter that you see on ads across the country and on banners throughout the city is Brook.  She’s always carried herself in a dignified manner. She’s even greeted her trainers at the door of the exhibit and escorted them into her Kingdom during training sessions like a hostess in a high society affair. Then the Furball entered her life! This week’s blog features a video on the relationship between the Stately Brook and the Tomboyish otter that I like to call the Furball.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Gray Whale Sightings Are Exceeding Last Year’s…by a Long Shot! | Kera  buttonLink

Gray Whale Sightings Are Exceeding Last Year’s…by a Long Shot!

And there’s more than just gray whales catching our attention

Gray whale sightings are more than four times higher at this time from last year! We’ve been seeing quite a few passing by and we’re also seeing some other unique animals to the area. Read on to find out what!

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