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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Do You Want to Build A Snowman… for the Sea Otters? | Hugh  buttonLink

Do You Want to Build A Snowman… for the Sea Otters?

A decade-long tradition continues. Building a snowman for the sea otters at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Sea Lions Versus Seals | Hugh  buttonLink

Sea Lions Versus Seals

A tongue in cheek look at the differences

What’s the difference between a seal and a sea lion? Well a sea lion’s selfie would include all his buddies in the picture while a seal’s selfie would be just of itself. A tongue-in-cheek look at the differences between the two pinniped species.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Enrichment | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lorikeet Feeding Frenzy Time Lapse | Hugh  buttonLink

Lorikeet Feeding Frenzy Time Lapse

Just when you thought it was safe for apples to go back up onto trees. A time-lapse of lorikeets devouring apples and pears in Lorikeet Forest.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Enrichment | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Otter Party Time-lapse | Hugh  buttonLink

Otter Party Time-lapse

Using piles of ice and treats filled toys the sea otters of the Aquarium of the Pacific are given a frozen enrichment landscape in which to party in. And they do party!  Check out the time-lapse video of their playtime.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Hooray for “Olliewood” | Hugh  buttonLink

Hooray for “Olliewood”

A sea otter's personal playground

It may be called the BP Sea Otter Exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific but to one particular free spirited sea otter it’s her own personal playground that I like to call “Olliewood”. This month marks Ollie the sea otter’s fourth year at the Aquarium.

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Animal Updates | Penguins | Volunteering

Thursday, September 25, 2014

From Chips to Brays | Hugh  buttonLink

From Chips to Brays

A Penguin Chick's Voice Change

Check out the awkward penguin moment when a chick’s cute chirps starts turning into the harsher adult penguin guttural brays.

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Animal Updates | Penguins | Volunteering

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Avery the Penguin’s Chick | Hugh  buttonLink

Avery the Penguin’s Chick

My favorite penguin from Brazil has a daughter

Avery was the first penguin I ever got to know personally. This year my favorite Magellanic Penguin, along with his mate Kate, has sired their first chick. And she’s a cutie!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, August 28, 2014

What People Think I Do | Hugh  buttonLink

What People Think I Do

Working the 80% to enjoy the 20%

There is a popular meme out on social media called “What People Think I Do” that shows what different people think your job involves depending on their perspective. Check out my description of what people think a husbandry (animal care) volunteer does.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sea Otters Using Ice to Keep Warm | Hugh  buttonLink

Sea Otters Using Ice to Keep Warm

The Otter Days Of Summer

It may seem counter intuitive but the sea otters at the Aquarium of the Pacific use piles of ice to help them stay warm.

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Animal Updates | Sharks | Conservation | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hug-A-Shark | Hugh  buttonLink

Hug-A-Shark

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.

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