Thursday, September 24, 2015
There is a lot of work that goes on before the doors open to the public each morning at the Aquarium of the Pacific. This week’s blog includes a time-lapse video of the Aquarium staff’s pre-opening tasks.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
A Hugh Haiku:
“Grand Shark in my Arms.
You’re more Disney than Shark Week
Sharks are Friends not Foes.”
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Shark Training with Senior Aquarist Nicky and Fern the Zebra Shark
To a lot of people being in the water with a large shark conjures up the sounds of the JAWS theme in their minds. However if you’re in the water with Fern the Zebra Shark it’s more likely to conjure up the song “You got a friend in me.”
Thursday, January 01, 2015
An Aquarium of the Pacific Volunteer's 2014 Photo Album
As we head into the New Year I thought we’d take a look back in pictures; this is a husbandry volunteer’s 2014 at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Tonic immobility Training
Nicky is a senior aquarist at the Aquarium of the Pacific who loves sharks. Fern is a zebra shark who ruins the stereotype of her kind by being intelligent and gentle around humans. Together they’ve teamed up to show just how wonderful our relationship with sharks can be.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Over the past couple months everyone has been in the mood for soccer, even the sharks!
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, February 27, 2014
What does it mean when we say that we use positive reinforcement to train our animals at the Aquarium of the Pacific?
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Training a shark to participate in its own husbandry care.
How do you get a nearly 8 foot long free swimming shark out of the water for a checkup? With a sea lion or sea otter the animal can be trained to get into a transport kennel when asked. Nicky, an Aquarium of the Pacific aquarist, decided to train Fern the Zebra Shark to willingly swim onto a transport stretcher using the same training techniques used to train marine mammals.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
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.