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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Rare Sightings of a Brown Booby Bird While Whale Watching! | Kera  buttonLink

Rare Sightings of a Brown Booby Bird While Whale Watching!

And possibly sperm whales

California has some of the rarest bathymetry of anywhere else in the world. Bathymetry is just basically what the ground looks like underwater. When you mix unique bathymetry, a crazy el Niño year, and lots of whale watching, there are going to be some very unique sightings. Read on to find out what we’ve been seeing!

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Video | Volunteering | Mammals

Thursday, February 25, 2010

FROM A SEA LION’S POINT OF VIEW | Hugh  buttonLink

FROM A SEA LION’S POINT OF VIEW

Milo the sea lion really seems to enjoy playing with sea lion-cam. With the enthusiasm that he shows when carrying the camera rig he reminds me of a golden retriever with a favorite tennis ball. Check out Milo’s latest video creation “From a Sea Lion’s Point of View” where you’ll see the pinniped exhibit and underwater visitors tunnel from a sea lion’s perspective.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Get Ready to Meet Shelby the Harbor Seal | Hugh  buttonLink

Get Ready to Meet Shelby the Harbor Seal

Coming soon: Visitors to the Aquarium of the Pacific may get a chance to meet one of my favorite harbor seals, Shelby, up close and personal.

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Whale Watching | Mammals

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Which of the Grays are Here to Play? | Kera  buttonLink

Which of the Grays are Here to Play?

An update and expansion from the last blog.

Now that we’re into February that also means that we’re well into gray whale season. We’re seeing quite a few southbound whales, including cow-calf pairs still. If the pregnant females are going down there to have babies, who are all the other whales going down there? Read on to find out about the different groups of gray whales heading south!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

SEA LION-CAM 2 | Hugh  buttonLink

SEA LION-CAM 2

In the second test video of sea lion-cam our aquatic photographer, Milo the sea lion, shows off his acrobatic abilities as he spins, twists, and leaps his way through the seal and sea lion exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

SEA LION-CAM | Hugh  buttonLink

SEA LION-CAM

The times that I spent swimming around sea lions made me admire their grace and power as they glided through their liquid domain. I wondered what it would be like to propel oneself out of the water like they do during a porpoise or other maneuver so powerfully and efficiently below the surface. This curiosity recently led me to construct an underwater camera rig that one of the Aquarium’s sea lions could voluntarily hold during one of our pinniped presentations so that we could get a look at a sea lion’s point-of view of a session. This week’s blog features a video of the first test of my “Sea Lion-Cam”.

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Whale Watching | Mammals

Thursday, January 07, 2010

The Grays Are Officially Here! | Kera  buttonLink

The Grays Are Officially Here!

In addition to the fins and a humpback

We have officially spotted our first gray whales for the season! They seem to be right on schedule, and hopefully they’ll keep on coming. There have also been a good number of fin whales, and even a humpback.

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Volunteering | Mammals

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Spending Christmas with the Critters | Hugh  buttonLink

Spending Christmas with the Critters

Even though the Aquarium of the Pacific was closed on Christmas Day there was a small cadre of husbandry folks spending part of their holiday taking care of the animals. For this volunteer it was a small way of giving back to the critters that have given him so much joy over the years.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Fin Whales are Flying! | Kera  buttonLink

Fin Whales are Flying!

That's more rare than pigs flying!

I thought for sure I’d seen something spectacular when I saw a fin whale fluke this last year since they are a whale that is very shy with their tale. But on December 17, 2009, they decided to show me something even more amazing… a breaching show!

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Volunteering | Mammals

Thursday, December 17, 2009

HOLIDAY TREATS FOR THE OTTERS | Hugh  buttonLink

HOLIDAY TREATS FOR THE OTTERS

A snowy scene complete with a snowman. Curious eyes glancing from fur coats scanning the scene for presents left for them.  Holiday Cheer filling the air as stockings are hung and colorful strings of lights glow. Tis the season for the sea otters of the Aquarium of the Pacific to enjoy the festivities of the “Holiday Treats For The Animals.

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