Thursday, July 17, 2014
Up close and personal with a sea lion or seal.
Although Parker the sea lion is the star of the popular pinniped encounters at the Aquarium of the Pacific he is not the only animal ambassador from the seal and sea lion exhibit. His understudies, Harpo the sea lion and Shelby the harbor seal are also ready to meet and greet aquarium guests. Each animal brings their own unique style and personality to the session.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Photo-Identifying the Green Sea Turtles in the San Gabriel River
Since 2008 I’ve been photographing the urban green sea turtles in the San Gabriel River. This colony was little known until recently. It is one of Nature’s best kept secrets in Southern California. With six years of images of surfacing sea turtles on file we’ve started going through the photos trying to identify individual turtles.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Not old enough to partake in breeding activities the penguin youngsters have been keeping themselves occupied by taking walks around the Aquarium of the Pacific. Check out the video of some of the places at the aquarium they’ve waddled into as they meet sea lions, seals, otters, trout, and guests.
Thursday, June 05, 2014
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.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
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.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
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.
Thursday, April 10, 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.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
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.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
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.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
What does it mean when we say that we use positive reinforcement to train our animals at the Aquarium of the Pacific?