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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Talking About Urban Sea Turtles | Hugh  buttonLink

Talking About Urban Sea Turtles

Come learn about a local endangered species.

On August 8th my wife Pam and I will be part of a panel discussion at the Aquarium of the Pacific on a population of an endangered species that has chosen an improbable environmental niche in which to survive, the Green Sea Turtles of the San Gabriel River. Dan Lawson of NOAA, Pam and the Aquarium vet Lance Adams will talk about the recent research on these animals and the rehabilitation and tracking of stranded turtles. Many of my sea turtle images from the river will be used in the talks.

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

THE URBAN SEA TURTLES OF LONG BEACH | Hugh  buttonLink

THE URBAN SEA TURTLES OF LONG BEACH

About 6 miles away from the Aquarium of the Pacific on the east side of Long Beach runs an urban river with a very surprising wildlife colony. You’d expect to see them while on an exotic journey to Mexican or Hawaiian waters. Yet right under the noses of Southern Californian recreational cyclists riding the San Gabriel River bike path lives a colony of endangered green sea turtles!

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

SAN GABRIEL RIVER SEA TURTLE OBSERVATION UPDATE | Hugh  buttonLink

SAN GABRIEL RIVER SEA TURTLE OBSERVATION UPDATE

Its been a little over a year now that the Aquarium has been conducting informal monthly observations of the Green Sea Turtle colony in the San Gabriel River. This week’s blog is a short summary of what has been seen during that time.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

“Where Can I Get One of Those?” | Staci  buttonLink

“Where Can I Get One of Those?”

Working with the Program Animals gives me the opportunity to introduce our guests to a variety of really cool animals including birds, reptiles, and terrestrial mammals.  Some of these types of animals - like Lola the sulfur crested cockatoo, Matches the bearded dragon, and Iggy the green iguana - are commonly kept as pets.  I get approached by guests all the time asking where they could acquire such a pet, or telling me about the pets they already have.  While I’m very happy there are folks out there interested in caring for animals, there are many things to take into consideration before you take on the responsibility of keeping any animal as a pet.  Knowing a lot about the animal you intend to bring home is essential, as is taking care of the unique needs of your pet!

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Endangered Sea Turtle Released Back Into The Wild | Hugh  buttonLink

Endangered Sea Turtle Released Back Into The Wild

It’s one of those feel good episodes that makes me proud that I volunteer at the Aquarium of the Pacific. An injured endangered green sea turtle is nursed back to health by Aquarium staff and released back into the wild.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

FROM SEA TO CEMENT-A Walk Along The San Gabriel River | Hugh  buttonLink

FROM SEA TO CEMENT-A Walk Along The San Gabriel River

Wildlife seen on a walk from the mouth of the San Gabriel River between Alamitos Bay and Seal Beach, to where the river turns into a cement storm channel about 4 miles inland.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

NOTES FROM THE RIVER | Hugh  buttonLink

NOTES FROM THE RIVER

“Dude” the sea turtle, “White-Tip” the Coyote and other critters observed from the banks of the San Gabriel River.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Improbable Residents: The Sea Turtles of the San Gabriel River | Hugh  buttonLink

Improbable Residents: The Sea Turtles of the San Gabriel River

It is one of the best kept secrets of Mother Nature. When you think of green sea turtles, visions of tropical islands comes to mind. To folks in the Los Angeles/ Orange County area of California, these warm water wanderers are thought to be in far off, exotic locales. And yet in an urban river near the Long Beach-Orange County border an improbable group of sea turtles inconspicuously resides.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Where Are the Sea Turtles? | Staci  buttonLink

Where Are the Sea Turtles?

That is one of those popular questions our guests ask several times a week, and I’m always happy to point them in the right direction! Two olive Ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacae), Theo and Lou, reside in the Aquarium’s beautiful Tropical Pacific Gallery. Theo can often be seen cruising by our dive volunteers during the Tropical Reef Dive, while Lou can be frequently observed napping as you walk through the serene tropical tunnel. Helping out with the care of these magnificent creatures is one of the best parts of my aquarist volunteer days, so please read on to learn more about sea turtles!

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

HUGH’S TOP TEN AQUARIUM MEMORIES AND EXPERIENCES | Hugh  buttonLink

HUGH’S TOP TEN AQUARIUM MEMORIES AND EXPERIENCES

This June 20th is the tenth anniversary of the Grand Opening of the Aquarium of the Pacific back in 1998. However, this June 6th is my ten year anniversary of the day that I started volunteering at the Aquarium. To commemorate my anniversary day, this week’s blog is about my top ten Aquarium memories and experiences.

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