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.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Aquarium of the Pacific Highlights From 2013
There were a lot of neat things happening with sea otters, seals, sea lions and penguins in 2013. Lets look back at some of them.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Hints and anecdotes for viewing the sea turtles of the San Gabriel River.
The San Gabriel River is one of the main watersheds of the Los Angeles Basin. It is also the home of the Northern most colony of Green Sea Turtles and offers prime viewing opportunities for this threatened species.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Brook the sea otter experiences a mirror for the first time.
Brook the sea otter experiences a mirror, and sees herself for the first time.