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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Who’s Who? | Hugh  buttonLink

Who’s Who?

Recognizing the Aquarium's Pinnipeds

To a wet-side volunteer like myself that spends a lot of time around them, the seals and sea lions of the Aquarium of the Pacific are as individual and recognizable as any of my close friends and relatives. However I’ve been reminded by a dry-side staffer that perhaps to guests and non marine mammal staff the pinnipeds may not be quite as recognizable to them. So this week’s blog is about how to tell our pinnipeds apart and, as a bit of an insight to them, how I tell them apart by their looks and personality.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Whale Watching

Thursday, September 08, 2011

A Repeat of Last Year? | Kera  buttonLink

A Repeat of Last Year?

I sure hope so!

In August and September of 2010, we had some of the best days of blue whale watching I’ve ever seen! Late last August the whale sightings started to increase quite a bit. At first it was 12 whales, then 15, and eventually we got up to over 20 whales! Although we’re a few weeks later into the season from last year, it looks like we’re up for a repeat of this massive gathering of whales!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Sea Lion-Cam with Milo…and Harpo | Hugh  buttonLink

Sea Lion-Cam with Milo…and Harpo

Milo the sea lion received a new toy last weekend. His old low resolution video camera on his “sea lion-cam” rig has now been replaced with a new high definition video camera. Our aquatic photographer took it out for a test dive last Saturday. This week’s blog features the video shot by Milo while he and I tried out the camera for the first time.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Fish | Mammals | Sharks

Monday, July 25, 2011

Cute Alert: Check Out Our Newest Baby Animals | Claire  buttonLink

Cute Alert: Check Out Our Newest Baby Animals

Most of you have probably read about or seen our two Arctic fox kits at the Molina Animal Care Center. But we also have baby diving birds, newly hatched fish, and even a baby zebra shark at the Aquarium right now.

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Video | Volunteering | Mammals

Thursday, June 23, 2011

CHECK OUT OLLIE THE OTTER PUP THIS SUMMER! | Hugh  buttonLink

CHECK OUT OLLIE THE OTTER PUP THIS SUMMER!

Need a cute fix this summer? Come on out to the Aquarium of the Pacific and check out Ollie the sea otter pup! The adorable ball of fur is now part of the Sea Otter Exhibit!

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Volunteering | Mammals

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

OLLIE THE SEA OTTER MEETS THE FURBALL | Hugh  buttonLink

OLLIE THE SEA OTTER MEETS THE FURBALL

It was the moment that I had been looking forward to for months. Little Orphan Ollie would finally meet the first sea otter that I’d ever help raise as a pup. The anticipation of the meeting stirred a bit of exultation and a little bit of anxiousness. What would happen when Ollie would finally meet the critter that I nicknamed the Furball?

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Volunteering | Mammals

Thursday, May 26, 2011

SEA OTTER AND SEA LION RETRIEVAL BEHAVIORS | Hugh  buttonLink

SEA OTTER AND SEA LION RETRIEVAL BEHAVIORS

What does a trainer do if they accidentally drop something into the otter exhibit? Or if it’s the end of the day and time to put the sea lion toys away? Does he or she don a wetsuit to retrieve the items personally from the water or find a long pole net to try to scoop them up? Well fortunately they don’t have to do either. One of the more practical behaviors that we train our sea lions and otters to do at the Aquarium of the Pacific is to retrieve objects from their exhibit.

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Whale Watching | Mammals

Thursday, May 19, 2011

We Get to Play “Blue Whale Guess Who” This Summer | Kera  buttonLink

We Get to Play “Blue Whale Guess Who” This Summer

The summer interns have arrived! The next few weeks will be full of trainings so we can get them ready for this upcoming blue whale season. After spending some time with Cascadia researchers, we’ve amped up this year’s data collection and can’t wait to get out there and share the results. Read on to find out what we’re doing that’s going to yield some exciting news in the upcoming months!

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Whale Watching | Mammals

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Dolphin and Sea Life Cruises Are Starting with a Bang! | Kera  buttonLink

Dolphin and Sea Life Cruises Are Starting with a Bang!

As of May 1, gray whale season has officially ended, but that doesn’t mean there’s not a lot going on in the water. Read on to find out what fun, active, dolphins we’ve been watching.

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Conservation | Volunteering | Mammals

Thursday, April 28, 2011

BABY OTTERS DON’T EAT HOT DOGS! | Hugh  buttonLink

BABY OTTERS DON’T EAT HOT DOGS!

Observations of a Mother Otter and Her Pup in Monterey Harbor

A heartwarming story of a wild sea otter mom and her possibly adopted pup as she teaches it what it should and shouldn’t eat in Monterey Harbor.

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