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Education | Volunteering | Fish | Mammals

Sunday, May 25, 2008

It’s so nice to be appreciated! | Josie  buttonLink

It’s so nice to be appreciated!

Along with the national Volunteer Appreciation Week came lots of treats for those of us who give our time freely for no pay at the Aquarium of the Pacific. My, how it’s nice to be appreciated!

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Education | Mammals

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Leading an Animal Encounter:  Sea Otters | Staci  buttonLink

Leading an Animal Encounter:  Sea Otters

In addition to continuing to blog about some of the goings-on in the Marine Mammal Department, I thought it would be nice to share some stories from other parts of the Aquarium as well!  I’ve recently started as an Aquarist Volunteer in our Tropical Gallery, and I continue to be part of the paid staff in the Education Department.  Each job brings new and exciting duties, and this past week was the first time I was able to lead one of our Animal Encounters focusing on one of my favorite animals:  the sea otter. Ever wondered how we prepare for our Sea Otter Encounter and what happens during the two-hour tour?

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Volunteering | Mammals

Thursday, May 08, 2008

The Seal that Rescued a Rescuer | Hugh  buttonLink

The Seal that Rescued a Rescuer

I’ve been asked by visitors to the Aquarium what my favorite pinniped is. Most of them expect my answer to be either the California sea lion (like Miller) or the Harbor seal (like Ellie) because of how much I work and play with these critters. They are surprised when I tell them that the Elephant seal is actually my favorite. This is the story of how a young elephant seal once saved this volunteer from a mauling by a pack of wild animals.

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Volunteering | Mammals

Thursday, April 10, 2008

How to Train a Sea Lion (and a Rabbit) | Hugh  buttonLink

How to Train a Sea Lion (and a Rabbit)

Just because you don’t have a handy sea lion around doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun training animals. Any critter can be trained as long as you know what makes it happy!

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Conservation | Volunteering | Fish | Invertebrates | Mammals

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

ODE TO A BOX OF SQUID | Hugh  buttonLink

ODE TO A BOX OF SQUID

“Calamari in my hand—-
Fancy name bestowed by man.
Kids will eat it with a bib—-
To a seal it’s just a squid.”

The story of Loligo opalescens—-aka Calamari or Market Squid

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Monday, March 24, 2008

Harpo & Milo Have Arrived in the Seal & Sea Lion Habitat! | Staci  buttonLink

Harpo & Milo Have Arrived in the Seal & Sea Lion Habitat!

It’s been about a month since my last update on Harpo and Milo, our two youngest California sea lions. It’s my pleasure to report that this past Thursday, March 20, these two frisky pinnipeds joined the rest of our flippered family in the 211,000 gallon Seal and Sea Lion Habitat and now you can come and welcome them, too!

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Conservation | Birds | Mammals | Reptiles

Monday, March 17, 2008

Up Close and Personal-The Program Animals | Hugh  buttonLink

Up Close and Personal-The Program Animals

Lola is a cockatoo. How do I know this? Because Lola told me that he was. When program keeper Melissa had the bird on her arm and asked Lola “What are you?” Lola replied “COCKTOO!” Lola is one of the many program animals that our staff takes around the aquarium to interact with guests.

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Conservation | Education | Mammals

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Some Things You ‘Otter’ Know! | Staci  buttonLink

Some Things You ‘Otter’ Know!

They’re undeniably entertaining, extremely resourceful, and have the densest fur of any animal on the planet! What animal am I talking about?  Why, the sea otter (Enhydra lutris), of course!

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Diving | Volunteering | Mammals

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

SWIMMING WITH SEA LIONS | Hugh  buttonLink

SWIMMING WITH SEA LIONS

Some of my fondest memories of volunteering at the Aquarium of the Pacific come from the impromptu enrichment swims that we use to do in the Seal and Sea Lion Exhibit. I remember floating in the water nose to nose with a sea lion only inches away from my mask as we both lazily bobbed just under the surface with the critter looking upon me with a gaze of familiarity that only comes from years of working with an animal.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Conservation | Volunteering

Monday, February 25, 2008

Behind-the-Scenes Sea Lion Update & Sustainable Seafood Day | Staci  buttonLink

Behind-the-Scenes Sea Lion Update & Sustainable Seafood Day

Milo and Harpo are still working hard with their trainers on new behaviors and living it up in their home behind-the-scenes. 

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