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Thursday, June 05, 2014

Extinct in the Wild | Hugh  buttonLink

Extinct in the Wild

The Guam Micronesian Kingfisher

It sometimes gives me the chills when I see these beautiful birds during my Aquarium volunteer shift. The Guam Micronesian Kingfisher is extinct in the wild. When I look at them I feel like I’m seeing living ghosts.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Force is Strong with this Otter | Hugh  buttonLink

The Force is Strong with this Otter

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.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Skim Hunting Osprey | Hugh  buttonLink

Skim Hunting Osprey

An Osprey's out of the ordinary fish hunting technique.

One of the benefits of being out in the field recording data on the Green Sea Turtles of the San Gabriel River for NOAA and the Aquarium of the Pacific is that Nature is always putting on a show. This past weekend we were fortunate to witness a rare hunting technique sometimes utilized by Ospreys. Skim Hunting.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Aquarium Snapshots: Spring 2014 | Hugh  buttonLink

Aquarium Snapshots: Spring 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.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

You Know You’ve Been an Animal Care Volunteer a Long Time When… | Hugh  buttonLink

You Know You’ve Been an Animal Care Volunteer a Long Time When…

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.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Happy 17th Birthday, Charlie! | Hugh  buttonLink

Happy 17th Birthday, Charlie!

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.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Positive Reinforcement: It’s Not Just Fish | Hugh  buttonLink

Positive Reinforcement: It’s Not Just Fish

What does it mean when we say that we use positive reinforcement to train our animals at the Aquarium of the Pacific?

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

What Would You Like The Otter To Do Instead? | Hugh  buttonLink

What Would You Like The Otter To Do Instead?

How to use positive reinforcement training to stop an undesirable behavior.

Positive reinforcement training is a wonderful way of getting animals to do desired behaviors. But what if you want to stop an undesirable behavior?

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Many Faces of Brook the Sea Otter | Hugh  buttonLink

The Many Faces of Brook the Sea Otter

An anthropomorphic look at the expressions of a sea otter

You would think with such a furry face that she wouldn’t be able to display many emotions. However, over the years Brook the sea otter has shown me that her repertoire of facial expressions exceeds that of even the best Oscar-winning actress! This week we’ll take a look at the many faces of Brook the sea otter.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Which Otter is That? | Hugh  buttonLink

Which Otter is That?

How to tell the Aquarium's otters apart

It was a simple question that a guest asked me recently. How do you tell the otters apart?

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