Thursday, September 16, 2010
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!
Thursday, September 09, 2010
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.
Friday, September 03, 2010
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!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
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.
Friday, August 20, 2010
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!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
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.
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
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
Thursday, July 15, 2010
With frisbee in hand and a critter ready to catch it, Summer is the time for this volunteer to have some fun in the sun with a California sea lion.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Read on to find out what's happening next that can help!
Last March the Aquarium hosted a Whale Watch Photography Cruise, and we’re doing it again! This time the trip is scheduled to be a little longer and instead of looking for gray whales, we’ll be looking for the blue whales! In addition to searching for blue whales to photograph, we’ll also be looking for dolphins, seals, sea lions, and much more. Read on to find out what is going to make this trip extra special!
Thursday, July 01, 2010
If you haven’t been to the Aquarium of the Pacific in a while this summer may be a good time for a visit. The new and improved otter exhibit is quite stunning to witness in person. It actually gives you the feel of being out on the coast of Central California in the aquatic habitat of Enhydra lutris, the sea otter.