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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Brushing Shelby the Harbor Seal’s Teeth | Hugh  buttonLink

Brushing Shelby the Harbor Seal’s Teeth

For people, a good tooth brushing is needed to take off or prevent buildup on your teeth. When one of our seals gets build-up on its teeth, it also gets a good tooth brushing.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Introducing Aquarist Volunteer Chris Corpus | Chris  buttonLink

Introducing Aquarist Volunteer Chris Corpus

Hi there, fish-fans!  My name is Chris Corpus and I’m very excited to be joining the team of bloggers here at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

I have been studying and caring for fish as a hobby for over 10 years.  I have volunteered at the Aquarium for almost 2 years now, most of it as an aquarist in the Husbandry department.  What does an aquarist do?  Well, essentially being an aquarist is simply being a glorified janitor for fish!

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10 Year Anniversary Stories | Volunteering | Birds | Mammals

Thursday, February 12, 2009

25 Random Things About The Aquarium Of The Pacific | Hugh  buttonLink

Since the theme of “25 Random Things About Me” seems to be the “now” thing at social networking sites lately; this week’s blog is about 25 random things about the Aquarium of the Pacific that you may or may not have known.

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Volunteering | Birds

Monday, February 02, 2009

LORIKEET HAPPY HOUR | Hugh  buttonLink

LORIKEET HAPPY HOUR

After a long day of entertaining visitors to Lorikeet Forest, Piper, Bo and the rest of the Lories occasionally look forward to an Avian “Happy Hour” after the last guest has left. These frenzied flock of feathered frolickers take in the fun of bowls of smoothies and nectar and the opening of the toy-box!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Hugging A Seal | Hugh  buttonLink

Hugging A Seal

It’s such a heartwarming sight to the guests watching a seal training session. An Aquarium of the Pacific trainer is sitting next to a seal giving the animal a hug while it places one of its flippers on the trainer’s lap. This trained behavior may look cute but it serves an important purpose in caring for our pinnipeds.

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10 Year Anniversary Stories | Volunteering | Mammals

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Shelby the Harbor Seal | Hugh  buttonLink

Shelby the Harbor Seal

While Ellie, our eldest harbor seal who was born and raised in New York carries herself around with a reserved dignity that is reminiscent of the East Coast Socialite that she was named after, Shelby, our other female harbor seal is a definitely an outgoing California Girl.

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Parker The Sea Lion Gets Airborne | Hugh  buttonLink

Parker The Sea Lion Gets Airborne

For an animal in the ocean, the ability to leap out the water for a short period can enhance its survival, navigation and foraging capabilities. Parker the sea lion is learning how to demonstrate this ability as he is being trained by our staff to porpoise out of the water.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Just a trim | David  buttonLink

Just a trim

Whenever you visit one of our touching exhibits with sting rays, you are sure to hear about how we trim the the stingers on our rays. Here is how it is done.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, November 20, 2008

How To Pet A Porcupine | Hugh  buttonLink

How To Pet A Porcupine

The wonderful benefit about having various program animals around the Aquarium is how much you can learn from them. For instance, before I met one of our new program animals my perception of all porcupines was that of a slow awkward ground dwelling creature that was bristling with sharp needles pointed in all directions that was just waiting to impale your body.  Needless to say that I was also sure that porcupines did not possess Positive Thigmotaxis like sea lions and did not like to be touched. Then I met Tito the porcupine.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Animal Spotlight:  Meet Tito the Prehensile-tailed Porcupine | Staci  buttonLink

Animal Spotlight:  Meet Tito the Prehensile-tailed Porcupine

Have you heard the news?  A new resident has moved in to the Aquarium‘s Explorer‘s cove!  He’s covered in stiff, sharp spines called quills.  He has a big, round, fuzzy nose.  He’s an expert climber with the aid of his prehensile tail.  Welcome Tito the prehensile-tailed porcupine, the newest addition to the program animal family!

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