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Friday, April 11, 2014

Parenting and Predation | Julien  buttonLink

Parenting and Predation

We have had some exciting trips out on the water with the small spring storms and more of the northbound gray whale migration! We have still been seeing many juveniles heading north, which makes sense since many of the whales without calves are the first to pass our coast.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Aquarium Snapshots: Spring 2014 | Hugh  buttonLink

Aquarium Snapshots: Spring 2014

Milo the sea lion does a high back flip. Lou the sea turtle glides through the water. Ollie the sea otter enjoys a slide. These are descriptions of some snapshots of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s critters from the past few months.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

You Know You’ve Been an Animal Care Volunteer a Long Time When… | Hugh  buttonLink

You Know You’ve Been an Animal Care Volunteer a Long Time When…

You know you’ve been an animal care volunteer at the Aquarium of the Pacific for a long time when you can alley-oop a herring to a sea lion better than Chris Paul can alley-oop a basketball to Blake Griffin and can pitch a clam to the paw of a sea otter more accurately than Clayton Kershaw can pitch a baseball to the glove of a catcher. Check out the rest of the just-for-fun look at a decade-and-a-half-worth of experiences of a longtime Aquarium volunteer.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

False Killer Whales! | Julien  buttonLink

False Killer Whales!

“A what killer whale?” This might be the first question you have after reading the title of this blog. Answer: super cool, super rare toothed whales. Read on to see some more information and pictures!

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Happy 17th Birthday, Charlie! | Hugh  buttonLink

Happy 17th Birthday, Charlie!

Charlie is a very special sea otter. He was the first otter in the world to give a voluntary blood sample. He participated in a landmark study on sea otter auditory abilities. And he and longtime female otter companion Brook were there in 1998 when the Aquarium of the Pacific first opened. On March 1, 2014, Charlie celebrated his seventeenth birthday.

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Saturday, March 01, 2014

Humpbacks Here and Humpbacks There! | Julien  buttonLink

Humpbacks Here and Humpbacks There!

While we spend a lot of time on the water in SoCal, we also like to travel to other places to see and learn about whales. Kera Mathes, our boat programs coordinator, and I recently took a long vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii, where I used to live. We spent ten days in Hilo and Kona looking for whales! Read on to find out what is going on in the world of whales, and check out some great shots taken from the islands.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Positive Reinforcement: It’s Not Just Fish | Hugh  buttonLink

Positive Reinforcement: It’s Not Just Fish

What does it mean when we say that we use positive reinforcement to train our animals at the Aquarium of the Pacific?

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Enrichment

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Reflections of a Seal Pup | Dominique  buttonLink

Reflections of a Seal Pup

What will a seal or sea lion do when they see themselves in a mirror? Do they know they’re looking at themselves? Do they think they’ve met another animal? Enrichment Intern AnnMarie presented our seals and sea lions with their reflections to see how they would respond.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

What Would You Like The Otter To Do Instead? | Hugh  buttonLink

What Would You Like The Otter To Do Instead?

How to use positive reinforcement training to stop an undesirable behavior.

Positive reinforcement training is a wonderful way of getting animals to do desired behaviors. But what if you want to stop an undesirable behavior?

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Thursday, February 06, 2014

Breachers! | Julien  buttonLink

Breachers!

As we conclude the first month of 2014, we can truly say that it has been a fantastic month of whale watching! January has been the peak month where many of the southbound whales have been sighted. As mentioned in earlier blogs, we have had record breaking numbers of southbound sightings!

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