Thursday, June 26, 2014
The Story of the Bryde’s Whales and the First Blue of the Season!
This is a whale we have never blogged about and it is an honor to do so! The name of these whales remind me that it is wedding season; Bryde’s, but don’t let the name confuse you. It is pronounced Brū-de or Brū-des whale. The reason I am mentioning them is because we just had two sightings, something super rare and I have never seen in the four years I have been here! ALSO, THE FIRST BLUE!
Friday, May 30, 2014
We have officially said goodbye to the grays as we transition into blue whale season, though we are still seeing a few cow/calf pairs heading north. Read on to see the final numbers and read about our humpback whale surprise!
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Brook is the oldest female Southern Sea Otter under zoological care. This May she turned 17 years old. Many know her as the light saber-wielding Darth Otter from the online viral video. However this otter is more Yoda than Vader.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Gray whale season is winding down but we had a pretty exciting April with around 36 cow/calf pairs of grays heading back up north so the females can eat again and wean their calves. Read on to see news on humpbacks, killer whales, dolphins, and a rare bird!
Friday, April 11, 2014
We have had some exciting trips out on the water with the small spring storms and more of the northbound gray whale migration! We have still been seeing many juveniles heading north, which makes sense since many of the whales without calves are the first to pass our coast.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Milo the sea lion does a high back flip. Lou the sea turtle glides through the water. Ollie the sea otter enjoys a slide. These are descriptions of some snapshots of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s critters from the past few months.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
You know you’ve been an animal care volunteer at the Aquarium of the Pacific for a long time when you can alley-oop a herring to a sea lion better than Chris Paul can alley-oop a basketball to Blake Griffin and can pitch a clam to the paw of a sea otter more accurately than Clayton Kershaw can pitch a baseball to the glove of a catcher. Check out the rest of the just-for-fun look at a decade-and-a-half-worth of experiences of a longtime Aquarium volunteer.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
“A what killer whale?” This might be the first question you have after reading the title of this blog. Answer: super cool, super rare toothed whales. Read on to see some more information and pictures!
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Charlie is a very special sea otter. He was the first otter in the world to give a voluntary blood sample. He participated in a landmark study on sea otter auditory abilities. And he and longtime female otter companion Brook were there in 1998 when the Aquarium of the Pacific first opened. On March 1, 2014, Charlie celebrated his seventeenth birthday.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
While we spend a lot of time on the water in SoCal, we also like to travel to other places to see and learn about whales. Kera Mathes, our boat programs coordinator, and I recently took a long vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii, where I used to live. We spent ten days in Hilo and Kona looking for whales! Read on to find out what is going on in the world of whales, and check out some great shots taken from the islands.