Thursday, May 09, 2013
The critter that pushed the envelope in otter behavior is back in Long Beach.
Charlie the Sea Otter is famous amongst zoological institutions. He was the first sea otter trained to give a voluntary blood sample. For the past couple of years Charlie was up north in a famous research facility participating in an important research project on sea otter hearing. Now that that research is concluded he has returned to his home town of Long Beach.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
These last few weeks of April have been filled with mother and baby gray whale moments. This is the peak time of the season where we see the most cow/calf pairs heading back to Alaska since they are the last groups to leave Baja. Since the 15th we have seen 14 pairs. Keep reading to find out more!
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Parker is the Aquarium of the Pacific’s largest California Sea Lion. Standing next to him in the pinniped exhibit I am in awe how massive he’s become. This summer he should top out at about 700 pounds! And he’s still growing! Yet this favorite sea lion of mine is a mere Hobbit when compared to the largest of the Otariidae, the Steller Sea Lion.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Whales everywhere! So far, April has been a great month for seeing multiple species of whales and dolphins, and we have had some pretty exciting trips. The blues are still being sighted periodically and we have had five sightings already this month! Keep reading for all the latest and greatest whale sighting information.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
This week I’d like to share some critter portraits I’ve taken over the past few months.
Thursday, April 04, 2013
We have been having phenomenal whale watches the last few weeks of March! Orcas, humpbacks, minkes, fins, grays and more early blue whales have filled our recent trips with excitement. Read on to see details and great photos!
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
It was one of the cutest and most fun enrichment sessions I’ve had with the otters. A simple child-like teething toy that the Furball was greatly enjoying was bringing a big smile to my face. As she chewed and tugged on the durable plaything I thought to myself how neat it was that such a simple item could bring so much happiness to this otter. Now the public has a chance to help enrich the lives of our critters by way of the Animal Care Wish List.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Is the season starting early?
The blue whales came back for more! We were hoping that seeing a blue as early as February this year would indicate the start to an early season, but not this early! Read to find out more.
Thursday, March 07, 2013
That’s right! We sighted our first blue whale of the season already on February 18th! Read more to see the up-to-date whale counts!
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Watching a Sea Otter Grow Up
I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to watch the Gidget the Sea Otter as she grew from a shy orphan pup to a good natured young adult. This week I’d like to share some images of the Furball through the years.