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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Telling Whales Apart | Kera  buttonLink

Telling Whales Apart

A continuation of the last blog

My last blog was about how I’d seen the same fin whale fluke three times in the last year. What makes this exciting is that fin whales don’t fluke. If you happen to have read the last blog, you might have been wondering how I figured out that it was the same fin whale all three times. This week’s blog is about how I use the pictures I take to tell whales apart!

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Halloween Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific | Hugh  buttonLink

Halloween Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Last Saturday on Halloween day the husbandry staff shared Jack-o-Lanterns with some of the critters of the Aquarium of the Pacific. This week’s blog highlights a couple of the pumpkin encounters.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

When a Fin Whale Flukes | Kera  buttonLink

When a Fin Whale Flukes

Fin whales are the second largest animal in the world, only second to the blue whale. If you were to read up on the fin whale you would probably learn the longest recorded is about 89 feet, they look similar to blues, and that they rarely raise their tale out of the water while diving (fluking). Having read up on fin whales myself numerous times, when I saw a fin whale fluke I couldn’t believe my eyes! And even more amazing, I’ve seen fin whales fluke three times this year!

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Conservation | Volunteering | Mammals | Sharks | Turtles

Thursday, October 22, 2009

SAN GABRIEL RIVER SEA TURTLE OBSERVATION UPDATE | Hugh  buttonLink

SAN GABRIEL RIVER SEA TURTLE OBSERVATION UPDATE

Its been a little over a year now that the Aquarium has been conducting informal monthly observations of the Green Sea Turtle colony in the San Gabriel River. This week’s blog is a short summary of what has been seen during that time.

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Whale Watching | Mammals

Thursday, October 15, 2009

How Many Whales Did We Spot this Summer? | Kera  buttonLink

How Many Whales Did We Spot this Summer?

Read on to find out!

I’ve calculated the number of whales we’ve seen from June 1, 2009 until last week from our logs! What an incredible amount of sightings and the numbers seem to be holding strong daily!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Monday, October 12, 2009

THE SURPRISE SEA FARE ARTIST IS: MILLER THE SEA LION! | Hugh  buttonLink

THE SURPRISE SEA FARE ARTIST IS: MILLER THE SEA LION!

Miller the sea lion adds his artwork to Sea Fare.

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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Sneak Peak at Sea Lion Art | Hugh  buttonLink

Sneak Peak at Sea Lion Art

The Aquarium of the Pacific sea lions have finished their masterpieces that will up for auction at this year’s Sea Fare. This week’s blog is a sneak peek at their artwork.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Whale Watching

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Orcas on the Way? | Kera  buttonLink

Orcas on the Way?

Anyone that’s ever chatted with me about whales has probably learned that my all-time favorite animal is the orca a.k.a. killer whale. Out of everything I want to study and be around, orcas are my number one! I’ve recently gotten a report that a pod of orcas are on the way and might be in Long Beach this week!

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Volunteering | Mammals

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Paintings by Sea Lions | Hugh  buttonLink

Paintings by Sea Lions

Some of our intelligent and highly talented sea lions are learning a new way to express themselves. They are adding the art of painting to their abilities.

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Video | Volunteering | Birds | Mammals

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Early Morning at the Aquarium of the Pacific | Hugh  buttonLink

Early Morning at the Aquarium of the Pacific

My favorite time on Saturday mornings during my weekly volunteer shift at the Aquarium of the Pacific is the hour just after the Aquarium opens and just before the majority of our guests arrive. This week’s blog includes a short point-of-view video shot last Saturday via a “volunteer-cam” in an attempt to share with you, the reader, a bit of the magic of that first hour of the day.

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