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Thursday, October 07, 2010

HUGH’S LIFE LIST OF THE WHALES AND DOLPHINS OF THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST | Hugh  buttonLink

HUGH’S LIFE LIST OF THE WHALES AND DOLPHINS OF THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST

With the excitement of Blue Whales in our local waters I thought it would be nice to give folks an idea of what other cetacean that can potentially be seen in Southern California. This week I am sharing my life list of whales and dolphins that I have encountered from San Diego to the Channel Islands.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Fin Whale Steals the Spotlight! | Kera  buttonLink

A Fin Whale Steals the Spotlight!

If you’ve been on a whale watch recently, you might have noticed that there are girls in Aquarium uniforms that are taking a lot of pictures. These are photo ID interns that are helping me with data collection so we can help our friends at Cascadia Research Collective to help protect whales. Luckily, they take a lot of photos, and this last Monday they caught some AMAZING pictures of a fin whale feeding!

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

SEA OTTER SPEED SWIM | Hugh  buttonLink

SEA OTTER SPEED SWIM

To the casual observer sea otters look like land animals that just happen to spend a lot of time in the water. Their appearance seems to make one think that at best they are slow, awkward swimmer.  However while playing an impromptu game of follow-the-leader with the Aquarium of the Pacific’s newest otter, Big Maggie, in front of the sea otter exhibit I discovered that they can be quite swift swimming through the water.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Weekend Whale Picnic | Kera  buttonLink

A Weekend Whale Picnic

Krill is on the menu

Large groups of blue whales have been moving all around Southern California the last few weeks. At one point we had over 20 whales around the oil rigs. Although the group has moved around and spread out a little bit, there are still a ton of blue whales in the area. Just this past weekend we had a phenomenal day on the water where we got to see a great show of lunge feeding at the surface!

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Volunteering | Mammals

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Miller the Sea Lion Retires | Hugh  buttonLink

Miller the Sea Lion Retires

His paintings have caused bidding wars at auctions. His kisses have made women, and men swoon. If he sneezed on you, you wouldn’t want to wipe it off. He is…The Most Interesting Sea Lion in the World. And he is retiring.

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Friday, September 03, 2010

The Blues are Breaking the Record! | Kera  buttonLink

The Blues are Breaking the Record!

The last three weeks of whale watching have been some of the most intense I’ve ever seen here in Long Beach! We’re averaging about 15 whales a trip with a mixture of mostly blue whales and fin whales. In the three summers we’ve been doing this, it’s never been like this!

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

THREE YEARS OF AQUARIUM BLOGGING | Hugh  buttonLink

THREE YEARS OF AQUARIUM BLOGGING

This month marks the beginning of my fourth year of blogging about the seals, sea lions, sea otters and other Aquarium critters that I have been fortunate enough to work around every Saturday during my volunteer shifts. Back in August of 2007 I started writing a bi-weekly blog about my experiences at the Aquarium of the Pacific since the day it opened in 1998. I’ve also sometimes written about some of my other experiences in the 20 plus years I’ve been involved in volunteering my time in researching, rescuing, and rehabilitating marine mammals in Southern California. This week I’m opening up the archives and highlighting 15 of the 80 blogs that I have written for the Aquarium’s website.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

It’s a Blue Whale Party Out There | Kera  buttonLink

It’s a Blue Whale Party Out There

And there's a minke whale to crash the party

For the last few weeks we’ve been seeing blue whales galore! We’ve had as many as 12 whales in a single trip! Looks like along with the nice weather came the blue whales. And in addition to that, we’ve also seen a breaching minke, and possibly a hybrid blue-fin whale!

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Observations of a Sea Otter Foraging at Moss Landing | Hugh  buttonLink

Observations of a Sea Otter Foraging at Moss Landing

While traveling in Northern California a couple of weeks ago I took a side trip to try to catch a glimpse of the sea otters of Moss Landing. I was fortunate to come upon a young male sea otter foraging in the harbor.  Watching the behavior of this otter gave me a better insight into the sea otters that I work with at the Aquarium of the Pacific during my Saturday volunteer shifts. In this blog I’d like to share some of my field observations of this Moss Landing otter.

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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

FIVE NEAT THINGS TO DO THIS SUMMER AT THE AQUARIUM | Hugh  buttonLink

FIVE NEAT THINGS TO DO THIS SUMMER AT THE AQUARIUM

Help train an otter. Check out how a snake’s skin feel. Listen to a Cockatoo ask and answer his own questions. Prepare vitamins for a sea lion in a virtual food prep room. This are just some of the neat things you can do this summer at the Aquarium of the Pacific

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