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Thursday, September 13, 2012

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Newsom

The Personable Penguin

When he first came to the Aquarium, Newsom was a shy young penguin who had yet to develop the head stripe that characterizes his species. Today after going through his first molt Newsom now has a stripe and a curiosity for people that adores himself to participants in Penguin Encounters and to VIPs and media folks on his field trips.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, August 30, 2012

HELLO BIXBY! | Hugh  buttonLink

HELLO BIXBY!

A Little Seal in a Big Exhibit

It was nervous time for this marine mammal volunteer as I came in for my Saturday shift. Bixby, the daughter of harbor seals Shelby and Troy, was reintroduced to the seal and sea lion exhibit just a few days earlier.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Penguins | Volunteering

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Why Penguins Can’t Fly | Hugh  buttonLink

Why Penguins Can’t Fly

And why they may choose not to fly according to Avery the Penguin.

According to physics there are clear scientific reasons why penguins CAN’T fly. But according to Avery the Penguin there are several practical reason why penguins WON’T fly.

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Thursday, August 09, 2012

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Images of Summer at the Aquarium

The Critters of Summer

As we enter the Dog Days Of Summer I’d like to share a few images of some of the critters at the Aquarium of the Pacific. From a pair of Sea Otters enjoying snowballs made of ice to a young Harbor Seal floating weightless just under the surface of the water there are many images that say its summertime for these Critters of Summer.

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Animal Updates | Turtles | Conservation | Guest Speaker Series | Volunteering

Thursday, July 19, 2012

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Talking About Urban Sea Turtles

Come learn about a local endangered species.

On August 8th my wife Pam and I will be part of a panel discussion at the Aquarium of the Pacific on a population of an endangered species that has chosen an improbable environmental niche in which to survive, the Green Sea Turtles of the San Gabriel River. Dan Lawson of NOAA, Pam and the Aquarium vet Lance Adams will talk about the recent research on these animals and the rehabilitation and tracking of stranded turtles. Many of my sea turtle images from the river will be used in the talks.

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Monday, July 09, 2012

Aquarium Summer Tidbits to Check Out | Hugh  buttonLink

Aquarium Summer Tidbits to Check Out

Penguins with bad hair days, Sea Lions with bad breath and wild gull chicks roaming the Pinniped Exhibit. Three summer tidbits to check out on your next visit to the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Penguins | Volunteering

Thursday, June 21, 2012

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Bubbling with Penguin Enrichment Ideas

Penguins checking out soap bubbles

Just like with our marine mammals the staff at the Aquarium of the Pacific likes to come up with ideas to keep our penguins mentally stimulated or as I like to put it, entertained.  This week I’d like to share some images of an enrichment session that we recently gave our Magellanic Penguins. One that was just bubbling with excitement for the penguins.

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Thursday, June 07, 2012

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A Penguin Who Tweets

Avery Tweets from June Keyes

One of my favorite penguins of the group known as the “Brazilians” has a new hobby. Since the June Keyes Exhibit opened Avery the Magellanic Penguin has gone up into the cloud so to speak and set up his own Twitter account. This week I’d like to share a few of his tweets.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

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Penguins from Ipanema

Hundreds of their kindred comrades had succumbed to changes in their environment that they could not adapt in time to. Far from their normal range sick and dying Magellanic Penguins were washing ashore on Brazilian beaches better known in song than for black and white flightless aquatic birds. To do its part in trying to help these forlorn avians the Aquarium of the Pacific took in a small group of these distressed penguins to give them medical treatment and a home. Yet despite their tragic back story these “Brazilians” and their antics have gotten this particular aquarium volunteer smiling and humming “The Penguin from Ipanema” during his Saturday encounters with them.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

IT’S A GIRL!  Newborn Harbor Seal Pup | Hugh  buttonLink

IT’S A GIRL!  Newborn Harbor Seal Pup

Shelby the harbor seal gives birth

When I first started as a marine mammal volunteer at the Aquarium a few weeks before its grand opening in 1998, a young female harbor seal named Shelby was one of the first animals I was introduced to. I had the joy of spending the next fourteen years watching her grow up to become a beautiful adult seal. A couple of weeks ago, just a few days after her sweet sixteen birthday, Shelby the harbor seal gave birth to a bouncing baby seal!

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