Thursday, May 24, 2012
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.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
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!
Thursday, April 26, 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.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
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.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
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.
Thursday, March 01, 2012
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.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
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.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
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.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
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.
Thursday, January 05, 2012
Breaching Gray Whales and Aggressive Looking Orcas Make for Exciting Whale Watching from Point Vicente
There are few places in the world where you can stand in one spot and have the potential of spotting two dozen species of marine mammals. One of those places is in the Aquarium of the Pacific own backyard. The cliffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula just a few miles up the coast offers a unique vantage point for sighting marine mammals without having the threat of sea sickness.