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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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Animal Updates | Birds | Penguins | Volunteering

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Penguins from Ipanema | Hugh  buttonLink

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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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

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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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Images from Grand Prix Weekend 2012 | Hugh  buttonLink

Images from Grand Prix Weekend 2012

The Aquarium of the Pacific may have been closed while celebrity racers were speeding past the dolphin fountain outside, but there was a lot going on inside as the facility did its annual spring cleaning.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, April 12, 2012

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Otter 581

Another orphan baby sea otter finds a home in Long Beach

Not yet named but temporarily known by her case number, Otter 581 arrived at the Aquarium of the Pacific a few weeks ago. In this week’s blog I’d like to share a few images of her during her first full day at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sea Lions in the Rain | Hugh  buttonLink

Sea Lions in the Rain

No matter how exhausting my work week may have been I always find myself revitalized by my Saturday volunteer shift at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Spending time with the critters there always fills me with energy and joy, even in the pouring rain.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Mammals | Penguins | Volunteering

Thursday, March 01, 2012

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The Aquarium's Critters Starring in their Own Comics

A few more comics featuring some of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s critters to help brighten your week.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Welcome to “Olliewood” - The Comic | Hugh  buttonLink

Welcome to “Olliewood” - The Comic

Ollie the comic book star.

As a special treat this week I am sharing a few panels from a just-for-fun unofficial comic book starring the Aquarium’s adorable young sea otter Ollie.

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Animal Updates | Reptiles | Volunteering

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Hugh’s Aquarium Animal Cast Of Characters: Part Two | Hugh  buttonLink

Hugh’s Aquarium Animal Cast Of Characters: Part Two

The Program Reptiles

They are part of the program animal team. Often looked upon as sidekicks as they are often teamed up with the “glamour” animals, the mammals and birds, during presentations, these critters are quite interesting in their own right. They’re scaly, slithery and even slimy looking. They are the Program Reptiles of the Aquarium of the Pacific. And here are some of them.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Hugh’s Aquarium Animal Cast Of Characters: Part One | Hugh  buttonLink

Hugh’s Aquarium Animal Cast Of Characters: Part One

A list of the critters I spend my Saturdays with

This week I’d like to share with everyone a list of the wonderful cast of animal characters that I’ll be working around on Saturdays during my volunteer shift at the Aquarium of the Pacific in 2012. We’ll start with the marine mammals.

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