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?
Thursday, February 13, 2014
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?
Thursday, January 30, 2014
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.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
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?
Thursday, January 02, 2014
While many were enjoying Christmas opening gifts and sipping eggnog, a dedicated group of staff members and volunteers spent the day caring for the critters of the Aquarium of the Pacific.