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Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Pair of Masked Booby Birds and More! | Julien  buttonLink

A Pair of Masked Booby Birds and More!

October was a great month for whale watching and we even spotted more than just whales, dolphins, and pinnipeds! We got some rare avian visitors who stayed in town for eight days straight! The masked boobies were stealing the show for many of our trips and bird enthusiasts came from miles to see these rarities. Read on to read about these birds and see some great photos!

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Thursday, October 03, 2013

Fins and Minkes: The Other Guys! | Julien  buttonLink

Fins and Minkes: The Other Guys!

The blue whale definitely took center stage this summer with their amazing displays of size and appetite, but what about their smaller cousins? The blues have continued to give us great trips with their surface lunge feeding but the fin whales and minkes have also been around feeding along with the blues on the krill! Read on to learn about these other guys!

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Familiar Flukes | Julien  buttonLink

Familiar Flukes

The end of August was full of excitement with more lunge feeding, krill at the surface and many familiar flukes! A part of our research on-board deals with identifying the different individuals of blues that visit us every year and we’ve had some whales come back to the area multiple times. Read more to find out which whales we have been sighting!

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Lunge Feeding Frenzies! | Julien  buttonLink

Lunge Feeding Frenzies!

So far, August has not disappointed as one of our best months to see blue whales! Not only are we seeing the blues but we are seeing them feeding on krill at the surface. This type of behavior is
called surface lunge feeding and it makes for a pretty memorable experience as a guest on board and even for us educators! Read on to hear more about our blue whale stories.

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Harpo: the Charismatic Raspberry-blowing Sea Lion | Hugh  buttonLink

Harpo: the Charismatic Raspberry-blowing Sea Lion

As I was leaving the exhibit after a recent pinniped presentation a little kid excitedly ran up to me just say “I like your seal the best!”  The “seal” I was working with that day was Harpo the Sea Lion. This charismatic raspberry-blowing member of the species Zalophus californianus had made another fan!

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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Tons of Blues and Other Marine Life Too! | Julien  buttonLink

Tons of Blues and Other Marine Life Too!

We kicked off our July with spectacular whale sightings and it has only been getting better! We have been seeing at least three blue whales per trip and even fin whales and minkes as well! In the month of July we had NINTEY-FOUR blue whale sightings alone! Keep reading to find out more!

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Whale Watching from a Cruise Ship | Hugh  buttonLink

Whale Watching from a Cruise Ship

The marine mammals of Alaska's Inside Passage

Most people on a cruise ship spend their time partaking in the many party-like activities onboard. My wife and I however spent our time at sea watching for whales. It turned out to be an exciting choice. This week’s blog chronicles the marine mammals seen on a cruise to Alaska’s Inside Passage.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Whales, Sunfish, and Sharks! | Julien  buttonLink

Whales, Sunfish, and Sharks!

June was a fun month on the boat with each day being more unpredictable than the next. Some of the highlights of the last month included sightings of massive sunfish and even a juvenile great white shark! Read more to get the inside scoop about the month of June on the water.

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Thursday, June 06, 2013

15 Years of Aquarium Memories | Hugh  buttonLink

15 Years of Aquarium Memories

The first week of June marks my 15th year of volunteering at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Later this month the Aquarium celebrates the 15th Anniversary of its Grand Opening. So to commemorate both occasions, in no particular order, I’d like to share 15 of my favorite memories of the Aquarium of the Pacific over the years.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

IT’S A BOY! | Hugh  buttonLink

IT’S A BOY!

Shelby the Harbor Seal gives birth to a male pup.

Shelby, the most lovable and huggable seal in the Aquarium, has her own huggable seal to lavish love on. On May 1, 2013 she gave birth to a 14.8 kilogram male harbor seal.

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