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Monday, November 12, 2007

No Two Days Are Ever the Same! | Staci  buttonLink

No Two Days Are Ever the Same!

One of my favorite things about being a mammalogy volunteer is that when you walk through the doors early in the morning, you never know exactly what kind of different, exciting activities the day will bring!

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Volunteering | Mammals

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Enjoying the Fun Antics of Parker the Sea Lion | Hugh  buttonLink

Enjoying the Fun Antics of Parker the Sea Lion

The aquatic equivalent of a Golden Retriever, Parker the California sea lion always tries so hard to please—leaving Aquarium staff and guests many enjoyable “Parker Moments” to remember.

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Conservation | Volunteering | Mammals

Friday, October 26, 2007

Restaurant Quality, Sustainable Seafood = Happy, Healthy Animals! | Staci  buttonLink

Restaurant Quality, Sustainable Seafood = Happy, Healthy Animals!

We want all of our animals here at the Aquarium to be happy and healthy!  A key component in achieving that goal is to make sure each animal is given a high-quality, well-balanced diet.  As you might have guessed, a huge part of a marine mammal volunteer’s day is spent preparing the food that the animals will be eating that day.  This is actually a little more work than most people think, so I thought it would be fun to share some details about what our animals eat and how we go about preparing it for them.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Welcome Odin, our newest California sea lion! | Staci  buttonLink

Welcome Odin, our newest California sea lion!

I’m pleased to report that we have another new addition to our pinniped family at the Aquarium! A rescued two-year-old male California sea lion joined current residents Miller, Parker, Shelby, Ellie, and newcomer Troy this past Thursday in the Seal and Sea Lion Habitat. I encourage everyone to come on out and see Odin living it up in his new home.  Isn’t it nice when a rescue story has a happy ending?

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Volunteering | Mammals

THE BIG GUY—MILLER THE SEA LION | Hugh  buttonLink

THE BIG GUY—MILLER THE SEA LION

From orphaned pup to aquatic star; The story of Miller the sea lion.

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Conservation | Volunteering | Mammals

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

“Wallaby-Wannabe” Paddington the Dusky Pademelon | Hugh  buttonLink

“Wallaby-Wannabe” Paddington the Dusky Pademelon

A small kangaroo-like critter helps a husbandry volunteer celebrate his birthday.

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Conservation | Volunteering | Mammals

Friday, September 14, 2007

Training: Why Do We Train Our Marine Mammals? | Staci  buttonLink

Training: Why Do We Train Our Marine Mammals?

Have you ever seen a sea lion speeding through the water like a torpedo and then doing a dynamic leap into the air?  A harbor seal gracefully twirling in her pool?  How about a sea otter coming up on deck and standing up on its rear flippers?  Chances are you have if you’ve observed any of our marine mammal training sessions here at the Aquarium.  Animals have always amazed me with their abilities and adaptations, and its always exciting to see them in action. However, it’s not all about fun and entertainment. Though entertainment and teaching the public about environmental conservation are extremely important, there are some other very important reasons we train our animals.  Reasons that directly benefit the animals themselves, and that’s what it’s all about.

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Conservation | Volunteering | Birds | Mammals

Thursday, September 13, 2007

RADIO FLYER The Wild Western Gull | Hugh  buttonLink

RADIO FLYER The Wild Western Gull

A wild Western gull chooses the Aquarium’s seal and sea lion exhibit to raise his young.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Friday, August 31, 2007

Meet the Newest Addition to Our Seal & Sea Lion Habitat! | Staci  buttonLink

Meet the Newest Addition to Our Seal & Sea Lion Habitat!

He’s handsome, he’s covered in fur, and he’s the newest resident of our Seal and Sea Lion Habitat! Meet Troy, our three-year-old male harbor seal. This past Thursday was Troy’s big day, as he was released into the 211,000 gallon Seal and Sea Lion Habitat to meet current residents Shelby, Ellie, Miller, and Parker. Since Troy’s arrival, many guests have asked me where our marine mammals come from so I’d like to take the opportunity to address that question here in my blog.

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Volunteering | Mammals

Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Seal with Abilities Beyond Her Disabilities | Hugh  buttonLink

The Seal with Abilities Beyond Her Disabilities

A blind harbor seal regains her ability to retrieve objects tossed into the exhibit and in doing so teaches her trainer not to underestimate those with a perceived disability.

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