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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Milo’s Selfie Stick Summer | Hugh  buttonLink

Milo’s Selfie Stick Summer

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 14

Who knew a sea lion could have so much fun taking a selfie?

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Animal Updates | Mammals

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Taking Care of a Sea Otter Pup | In Focus  buttonLink

Taking Care of a Sea Otter Pup

Senior Mammologist Josh Hestermann recently traveled to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to participate in its Sea Otter Program.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Conservation | Education | Whale Watching

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Balloons and Breaching Blues! | Retired | Julien  buttonLink

Balloons and Breaching Blues!

Hi, whale fans! As I write this, I am thinking about all the amazing blog posts and photos and stories I have written about these last few years. Alas, this will be my last blog post, since I am growing a human, and she will be arriving very soon! But, I wanted to go out with a bang! So, I am finally going to reveal what my personal research has been about in my master’s program in Informal Science Education at Cal State Long Beach: balloons! More on this, and breaching baby blue whales and current sighting updates!

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Otter Memes | Hugh  buttonLink

Otter Memes

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 13

So what does a person who spends every weekend for 18 years hanging around the sea otters at the Aquarium of the Pacific and has been the “Otter Pop” to orphan pups do for a vacation? Why he goes up to Monterey Bay and watches wild sea otters for a week, of course.

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Thursday, August 04, 2016

The Twins | Hugh  buttonLink

The Twins

Betty and Chloe Hugh's Aquarium Views 10

These sea otter youngsters were born less than a year apart. They weigh about the same and have the same coat coloration. They look like identical twins. It’s actually pretty difficult at times telling Betty and Chloe apart. So how do the folks that work with them know who is who?

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Jumping Sharks and Nursing Blues | Julien  buttonLink

Jumping Sharks and Nursing Blues

Our whale watches in the last couple of weeks have been PACKED with animal sightings and surprises! Every whale watch experience is unique, and every trip has it’s own exciting moments. But recently, we have had many exciting moments because of the amount of life that has been in the water.

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Animal Updates | Invertebrates | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Basket Stars | Hugh  buttonLink

Basket Stars

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video number 12

It looks a campy alien monster out of a 1960s Irwin Allen sci-fi TV show. It’s tentacle-like arms curling in and out to ambush unsuspecting prey. The eerily pulsating membrane of its body announces that its poor victims are being devoured. Yet it’s not science fiction. It’s a creature called a basket star and you can see it in person at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Bryde’s and Blues! | Julien  buttonLink

Bryde’s and Blues!

What is a Bryde’s whale? Well, they are a very rare sight to see in our waters and have only been sighted a handful of times. On top of the amazing days we have had on the water with multiple blues, fins, and humpbacks, this was an exciting adventure for whale nerds alike!

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Friday, July 01, 2016

Harpo Channels His Inner Marx Brother to Take a Selfie | Hugh  buttonLink

Harpo Channels His Inner Marx Brother to Take a Selfie

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video 11

If ever an animal’s name matched its personality it’s Harpo the sea lion. Harpo has a way of channeling his inner Marx Brother and stamping his own unique style to everything he does. Case in point is how he decided to use the sea lion selfie stick.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Blues are Here! | Julien  buttonLink

The Blues are Here!

Hello whale lovers! Yes, that is right! The blue whales are here and thrilling guests before the season even officially starts! We have been seeing quite a few blues AND fins out there feeding on HUGE patches of krill.

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