Thursday, September 26, 2013
Training a shark to participate in its own husbandry care.
How do you get a nearly 8 foot long free swimming shark out of the water for a checkup? With a sea lion or sea otter the animal can be trained to get into a transport kennel when asked. Nicky, an Aquarium of the Pacific aquarist, decided to train Fern the Zebra Shark to willingly swim onto a transport stretcher using the same training techniques used to train marine mammals.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
The Penguin Soap Opera Continues
The Penguin love triangle that involved the fair maiden from Brazil, the old veteran from San Diego and the young stud from San Francisco has produced a couple of cute chicks. It has also produced a strange twist in the Penguin Soap Opera in the June Keyes Penguin Exhibit.
Friday, August 16, 2013
As I was leaving the exhibit after a recent pinniped presentation a little kid excitedly ran up to me just say “I like your seal the best!” The “seal” I was working with that day was Harpo the Sea Lion. This charismatic raspberry-blowing member of the species Zalophus californianus had made another fan!
Thursday, August 01, 2013
And aerial view of the Aquarium of the Pacific in 2000
Back at the turn of the century I took some aerial shots of the Aquarium of the Pacific. These images show the young facility in its original configuration. In honor of the Aquarium’s 15th Anniversary I’d like to share this shots in this week’s blog.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
The marine mammals of Alaska's Inside Passage
Most people on a cruise ship spend their time partaking in the many party-like activities onboard. My wife and I however spent our time at sea watching for whales. It turned out to be an exciting choice. This week’s blog chronicles the marine mammals seen on a cruise to Alaska’s Inside Passage.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
The first week of June marks my 15th year of volunteering at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Later this month the Aquarium celebrates the 15th Anniversary of its Grand Opening. So to commemorate both occasions, in no particular order, I’d like to share 15 of my favorite memories of the Aquarium of the Pacific over the years.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Shelby the Harbor Seal gives birth to a male pup.
Shelby, the most lovable and huggable seal in the Aquarium, has her own huggable seal to lavish love on. On May 1, 2013 she gave birth to a 14.8 kilogram male harbor seal.
Thursday, May 09, 2013
The critter that pushed the envelope in otter behavior is back in Long Beach.
Charlie the Sea Otter is famous amongst zoological institutions. He was the first sea otter trained to give a voluntary blood sample. For the past couple of years Charlie was up north in a famous research facility participating in an important research project on sea otter hearing. Now that that research is concluded he has returned to his home town of Long Beach.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Parker is the Aquarium of the Pacific’s largest California Sea Lion. Standing next to him in the pinniped exhibit I am in awe how massive he’s become. This summer he should top out at about 700 pounds! And he’s still growing! Yet this favorite sea lion of mine is a mere Hobbit when compared to the largest of the Otariidae, the Steller Sea Lion.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
This week I’d like to share some critter portraits I’ve taken over the past few months.