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Thursday, April 08, 2010

MY, HOW PARKER THE SEA LION HAS GROWN! | Hugh  buttonLink

MY, HOW PARKER THE SEA LION HAS GROWN!

I first met Parker when he came to the Aquarium of the Pacific way back in 2003. Back then he was a playful little sea lion pup. My, how that sea lion has grown!

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Whale Watching | Mammals

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Dolphin’s Squeak is Like a Baby’s First Words! | Kera  buttonLink

A Dolphin’s Squeak is Like a Baby’s First Words!

Dolphins are a very vocal species that can be found off of the coast of Long Beach on a regular basis. There are a variety of species that inhabit these waters pretty much all year long. Just recently, the Aquarium of the Pacific was lucky enough to partner with some researchers at Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego to help us get even closer to the dolphins than before. Read on to find out how!

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Not Glamorous but Necessary-Scrubbing and Cleaning the Exhibits | Hugh  buttonLink

Not Glamorous but Necessary-Scrubbing and Cleaning the Exhibits

It’s not the most glamorous and exciting side of working with the marine mammals and other critters at the Aquarium of the Pacific but it is a necessary part. The cleaning of the exhibits and holding areas is just as important to the well-being of the animals as is their feeding and health care.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

DARTH OTTER | Hugh  buttonLink

DARTH OTTER

A LONG TIME AGO…IN AN AQUARIUM NOT SO FAR AWAY…

This week I’d like to share a video that showcases the acting abilities of one of the sea otters at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Check out Brook the sea otter as DARTH OTTER!

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Whale Watching | Birds | Mammals

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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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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