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Thursday, October 15, 2009

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

How Many Whales Did We Spot this Summer?

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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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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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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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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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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Something I’ve Only Ever Talked About…Until Now! | Kera  buttonLink

Something I’ve Only Ever Talked About…Until Now!

“Why are the blue whales here?” is a common question I get while working on the boat. The answer I most often reply with is “They’re here because they’re feeding on krill which is a small, shrimp-like animal.”  Typically the krill they eat are pretty deep, around 500 feet or so, but I always mention how on rare occasions the krill are at the surface and the blue whales will lunge feed at the surface. I’ve never seen it done … until now!

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Volunteering | Mammals

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Hugh’s Top Ten Reasons For Volunteering 5000 Hours At The Aquarium Of The Pacific | Hugh  buttonLink

Hugh’s Top Ten Reasons For Volunteering 5000 Hours At The Aquarium Of The Pacific

No matter what part of the country my business travels may take me during the workweek, be it the urban maze of New York, the wilds of Alaska, the mountains of Colorado or the swamps of the Carolinas, I’ve always made it a point of getting back to Southern California in time to cover my Saturday volunteer shift at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Sometimes it’s meant taking a late red-eye flight or finding an unusual connection through tiny airports but somehow the majority of the times I’ve managed to make it back to cover my shift. In fact this month I’ve recorded my 5000th hour as a volunteer at the Aquarium. 

To commemorate this personal milestone this week’s blog is a list of the top ten reasons why I’ve volunteered so many hours to the Aquarium.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

How Do Whales Nurse? Let’s Find Out! | Kera  buttonLink

How Do Whales Nurse? Let’s Find Out!

The past few weeks, we’ve been seeing a decent number of cow/calf pairs of blue whales. Just recently I got word that a calf was seen nursing!  Now even though I haven’t witnessed this with blue whales myself, I did recently get to see beluga whales nursing!

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Volunteering | Mammals

Thursday, August 13, 2009

CHECKING OUT THE SEA OTTERS | Hugh  buttonLink

CHECKING OUT THE SEA OTTERS

One of my newer duties at the Aquarium of the Pacific is to work with the sea otters in their home in the Northern Pacific Gallery. As I build my relationship with the otters and learn more about their personalities, I am beginning to interact with them using some of the more important husbandry behaviors that allows the staff to check over the animals health. Husbandry behaviors are behaviors that are taught to an animal to allow their human caretakers to monitor their health without causing undo stress.

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