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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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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Farewell May Grays! | Julien  buttonLink

Farewell May Grays!

The first few weeks of May have given us the final glimpses of our Pacific gray whales and many cow/calf pairs! Since the first we have had nine sightings of gray whales, eight of which were females and young calves. Keep reading to find out more about our recent whale and dolphin sightings!

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Thursday, May 09, 2013

Welcome Back Charlie! | Hugh  buttonLink

Welcome Back Charlie!

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.

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Thursday, May 02, 2013

Cows, Calves and Breaching Whales! | Julien  buttonLink

Cows, Calves and Breaching Whales!

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!

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Steller Sea Lion Getting “Thiggy” with California Sea Lions | Hugh  buttonLink

Steller Sea Lion Getting “Thiggy” with California Sea Lions

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.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

One Whale, Two Whale, Gray Whale, Blue Whale! Killer Whales and Humpbacks too! | Julien  buttonLink

One Whale, Two Whale, Gray Whale, Blue Whale! Killer Whales and Humpbacks too!

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.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Critter Portraits | Hugh  buttonLink

Critter Portraits

This week I’d like to share some critter portraits I’ve taken over the past few months. 

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Thursday, April 04, 2013

Orcas, Blues, Humpbacks and Baby Grays! | Julien  buttonLink

Orcas, Blues, Humpbacks and Baby Grays!

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!

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