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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Monday, March 24, 2008

Harpo & Milo Have Arrived in the Seal & Sea Lion Habitat! | Staci  buttonLink

Harpo & Milo Have Arrived in the Seal & Sea Lion Habitat!

It’s been about a month since my last update on Harpo and Milo, our two youngest California sea lions. It’s my pleasure to report that this past Thursday, March 20, these two frisky pinnipeds joined the rest of our flippered family in the 211,000 gallon Seal and Sea Lion Habitat and now you can come and welcome them, too!

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Volunteering | Fish

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Acclimation | David  buttonLink

Acclimation

Water quality is very important to an aquatic animal. A sudden shift in water quality can make a fish or any aquatic animal very uncomfortable. This is where the process of acclimation comes in. All animals entering a new environment must be acclimated to ensure a successful transition.

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Education | Volunteering

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Kindergarteners Learn Characteristics of Living Things in Aquarium Science Class | Josie  buttonLink

Kindergarteners Learn Characteristics of Living Things in Aquarium Science Class

Kindergarteners at Cesar Chavez Elementary School in downtown Long Beach learned about the characteristics of living things during a recent science lesson presented by an Aquarium of the Pacific educator. The Aquarium and Cesar Chavez Elementary have been in a partnership since the school opened a few years ago; the science lessons, provided for all grade levels, are a component of that partnership.

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Diving | Volunteering | Mammals

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

SWIMMING WITH SEA LIONS | Hugh  buttonLink

SWIMMING WITH SEA LIONS

Some of my fondest memories of volunteering at the Aquarium of the Pacific come from the impromptu enrichment swims that we use to do in the Seal and Sea Lion Exhibit. I remember floating in the water nose to nose with a sea lion only inches away from my mask as we both lazily bobbed just under the surface with the critter looking upon me with a gaze of familiarity that only comes from years of working with an animal.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Conservation | Volunteering

Monday, February 25, 2008

Behind-the-Scenes Sea Lion Update & Sustainable Seafood Day | Staci  buttonLink

Behind-the-Scenes Sea Lion Update & Sustainable Seafood Day

Milo and Harpo are still working hard with their trainers on new behaviors and living it up in their home behind-the-scenes. 

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Volunteering | Fish

Friday, February 22, 2008

Quarantine part 2 | David  buttonLink

Quarantine part 2

Remember the part in the movie Finding Nemo when the gramma freaked out when Nemo told them that he was from the ocean? Then the cleaner shrimp cleaned Nemo and all was well? If only disinfecting fish were that simple in real life! Though cleaner shrimps do help with cleaning their fellow aquarium inhabitants, they are not miracle workers. That is where we as aquarists come in. We must quarantine and medicate new arrivals to ensure their health and the health of the overall fish community they will be living with.

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Conservation | Education | Volunteering

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Green Team Community Trash Pickup a Success | Josie  buttonLink

Green Team Community Trash Pickup a Success

More than half a ton of trash disappeared from the streets of Long Beach on a recent Saturday morning as about 340 people helped pick up refuse in the Downtown Long Beach area surrounding Cesar Chavez Park.

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Volunteering | Birds | Mammals | Sharks | Turtles

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

HUGH’S SATURDAY WITH THE CRITTERS | Hugh  buttonLink

HUGH’S SATURDAY WITH THE CRITTERS

For those of you who wonder what I actually do during my Saturday marine mammal shift at the Aquarium of the Pacific, this week’s blog is a rundown of my day.

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Education | Volunteering

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Inviting Myself To ‘Hang Out’ With Kindergarteners | Josie  buttonLink

Every now and again it’s great fun to tag along with a school group of touring children, to enjoy their enthusiasm for the Aquarium of the Pacific as well as to enlighten them with facts about our wonderful animals and our waves exhibit.

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Education | Volunteering

Monday, January 21, 2008

Yeah! New Aquarium 101 program went well! | Josie  buttonLink

Yeah! New Aquarium 101 program went well!

The volunteer training team launched our first one-day Aquarium 101 session, which despite a few glitches, went quite well, much to our relief and that of our director of Volunteer Services. What a fun day we had, too, energized, as always, by the incredible enthusiasm and interest of our new volunteers.

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