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Friday, June 18, 2010

ADVENTURES IN OTTER SPACE PART THREE | Hugh  buttonLink

ADVENTURES IN OTTER SPACE PART THREE

Having helped care for the orphan sea otter Maggie since the night she arrived at the Aquarium of the Pacific I learned a lot about her personality and a lot about sea otters in general. And the furball also learned a few things herself when she was introduced to the other sea otters of the Aquarium. Like how to use her armpits as pockets.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Blue Whale Watching Starts Friday | Kera  buttonLink

Blue Whale Watching Starts Friday

And the blues seem to be right on cue

We officially switch to Blue Whale Watch starting Friday, June 11, 2010. It looks like the blues will be showing up right in time. In the last couple of weeks the blues have started to pop up. I saw my first blue whale last week and man was she a beauty!

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Thursday, June 03, 2010

ADVENTURES IN OTTER SPACE PART TWO | Hugh  buttonLink

ADVENTURES IN OTTER SPACE PART TWO

While caring for the orphan pup I discovered that not only are sea otters cute, they also have musical and pick-pocketing talents. Make sure you check out the video of Maggie banging her shells on the deck with a musical back-beat and the self portrait photo she took of herself with a stolen camera.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Killer Whales Finally Make Their Debut for the Year! | Kera  buttonLink

Killer Whales Finally Make Their Debut for the Year!

They were spotted twice in less than two weeks

Killer whales, also known as orcas, pop up here in Long Beach every so often. Normally they’re here a couple times a year, usually in winter. This year I was a little sad that we hadn’t seen any during gray whale season, but it looks like some of the pods made their way down here. We’ve seen orcas two times in the last month!

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

ADVENTURES IN OTTER SPACE PART ONE | Hugh  buttonLink

ADVENTURES IN OTTER SPACE  PART ONE

My adventures in “Otter Space” with an orphan baby sea otter including a way too cute video blog of my first week with the little furball.

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Whale Watching | Mammals

Thursday, May 13, 2010

There’s More Than Just Blue Whales Around the Corner | Kera  buttonLink

There’s More Than Just Blue Whales Around the Corner

And we can see them now!

Besides blue whale season being right around the corner, there’s also another treat in store for us that goes right along with the whales. That treat is the offshore bottlenose dolphins. Although we see dolphins all year long, we tend to see more of the offshore bottlenose during our Dolphin and Sea Life cruises and as we head off shore to find the blues. Read on to find out what they do that is so special!

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Thursday, May 06, 2010

SEA LIONS BLOWING RASPBERRIES AND OTHER FUN BEHAVIORS | Hugh  buttonLink

SEA LIONS BLOWING RASPBERRIES AND OTHER FUN BEHAVIORS

This week’s blog is about some of the fun behaviors you see our animals doing during a presentation and how these same behaviors have their practical side in caring for them.

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Whale Watching | Mammals

Thursday, April 29, 2010

As Gray Whale Season Ends, Dolphin and Sea Life Cruises Begins | Kera  buttonLink

As Gray Whale Season Ends, Dolphin and Sea Life Cruises Begins

But that doesn't mean we won't see whales

As the gray whale season winds down, we’ll be making the switch over to Dolphin and Sea Life Cruise starting May 1. Just because we’re not officially doing a “whale watch” doesn’t mean we won’t see any whales. I’ve seen some of the most amazing whales during the Dolphin and Sea Life cruises! Read on to find out what might be in store.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Scuba Diver Tender and Sea Lion Yard Duty—My Day at the Races | Hugh  buttonLink

Scuba Diver Tender and Sea Lion Yard Duty—My Day at the Races

For the thousands of Long Beach Grand Prix race fans, Saturday was filled with celebrities, exciting car crashes, and every type of food you could possibly want. For me just next door in the Aquarium, the day was filled with tending to scuba divers and chaperoning sea lions.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Blue Whale Scouting is in Session | Kera  buttonLink

Blue Whale Scouting is in Session

Just last week we had our very first blue whale sighting for the season! It was almost a year ago exactly that we saw our first blue last year. Typically the blue whales don’t really get here until the summer time. So what is this one blue doing here? Read on to find out what we think.

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