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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Great Barrier Reef | Karen  buttonLink

The Great Barrier Reef

“That is a lot of jellyfish,” I say nervously. I’m standing barefoot on the dive platform of a ship, a pair of long, blue flippers in my hand. The surface of the ocean before me appears full of purple jellyfish, each about the size of a tennis ball.

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Thursday, February 05, 2015

One Thousand Three Hundred and Twenty-Five! | Julien  buttonLink

One Thousand Three Hundred and Twenty-Five!

Gray whale numbers breaking more records!

Hello whale lovers! As you have probably heard, our gray whale season has been pretty fabulous with more and more record breaking numbers. Read on to learn more!

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Grays Galore! | Julien  buttonLink

Grays Galore!

In the last blog I wrote about the killer whale pod, the CA51’s, being back again on the 6th of January, and guess what? They were back the following day on the 7th! So we had TWO days in a row with these whales and were very, very spoiled naturalists. Also, lots and lots of gray whale sightings!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How in the World Do You Sample a Whale? | Karen  buttonLink

How in the World Do You Sample a Whale?

It’s early morning onboard the small research boat Coda, and we already are a few miles offshore. Coda is a “RHIB,” a rigid-hulled inflatable boat. It looks like any other RHIB, with the addition of a giant metal Pinocchio nose- Coda’s professionally MacGyvered bowsprit (which is the bit sticking off the front of a boat) is an elevated, caged platform. This modified bowsprit design is used the world over in small-boat field research; it generally keeps researchers from falling overboard while sampling whales.

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Thursday, January 08, 2015

The Hunters Return! | Julien  buttonLink

The Hunters Return!

The return of the CA51 Killer whale pod, gray whales, humpbacks, fins and more!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Penguins | Sharks | Turtles | Volunteering

Thursday, January 01, 2015

My Aquarium Year In Pictures | Hugh  buttonLink

My Aquarium Year In Pictures

An Aquarium of the Pacific Volunteer's 2014 Photo Album

As we head into the New Year I thought we’d take a look back in pictures; this is a husbandry volunteer’s 2014 at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Update: Killer Whales and Grays! | Julien  buttonLink

Update: Killer Whales and Grays!

More Killer Whales

Hello whale lovers! Since we are in the midst of the Holiday Season I wanted to give you all a short and sweet update about our recent killer whale and gray whale sightings! Read on to check it out…

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Do You Want to Build A Snowman… for the Sea Otters? | Hugh  buttonLink

Do You Want to Build A Snowman… for the Sea Otters?

A decade-long tradition continues. Building a snowman for the sea otters at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Killer Holiday Season | Julien  buttonLink

A Killer Holiday Season

There has certainly been quite a buzz around the area about our recent killer whale sightings! As mentioned briefly in the last blog, we did have a sighting last month on November 25th of about seven of the ETP (Eastern Tropical Pacific) killer whales. These are whales that are super rare for our waters from the Mexico and Central America area. After this sighting, which included a lot of great activity, they traveled further north. But that is not where the excitement ended!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Sea Lions Versus Seals | Hugh  buttonLink

Sea Lions Versus Seals

A tongue in cheek look at the differences

What’s the difference between a seal and a sea lion? Well a sea lion’s selfie would include all his buddies in the picture while a seal’s selfie would be just of itself. A tongue-in-cheek look at the differences between the two pinniped species.

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