Thursday, December 08, 2016
Hello everyone, I hope your holiday was enjoyable. It certainly was exciting on the water during Thanksgiving. We saw our first gray whale of the season on the 23rd and saw a very late blue whale on Thanksgiving Day! There has been a lot of diversity on our whale watches these past couple of weeks. There have been Risso’s, bottlenose, common dolphins, pacific white-sided dolphins, humpbacks, grays, 2 late blue whale sightings, fin whales, seals, and sea lions. Whew! That’s a lot of stuff.
Friday, December 02, 2016
Even though the air is getting cooler on the water, we’re still seeing plenty of life on our whale watches right now. There have been a number of humpback sightings (4 in one trip!) and we even got to see Scarlett again. If you have been keeping track of our blogs, Scarlett was seen a couple of months ago with a lot of red lice on their body.
Thursday, December 01, 2016
Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 20
Brook’s video thank you to everyone who supported the Aquarium of the Pacific this year.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Angelina answers all the questions you have about our giant Pacific octopus.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 18
The Lorikeets of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Lorikeet Forest decided to give a friendly looking Halloween pumpkin a more ghoulish makeover.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Not only was this past weekend great for our sighting numbers, but we observed more playful behavior from the Risso’s dolphins than normal. One of our interns was able to capture an image of one playing and splashing while swimming on its back at the surface! I’ve only ever seen the very reserved and shy behavior typically found of our local Risso’s dolphins.
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 19
Using a FLIR (Forward Looking InfraRed) thermal imaging camera to demonstrate how a sea otter’s fur works.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
This year the Aquarium celebrated the hatching of two baby penguins. Aviculturist and resident “penguin mother” Sara Mandel explains what it’s like to raise these chicks from when they hatch until they’re ready to join the rest of the colony on exhibit at the June Keyes Penguin Habitat.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Mostly we see orcas during the winter and spring, but every once in a while they show up at random times of the year. There have been a number of instances where the captains on the Harbor Breeze cruises hear from others that they have spotted orcas, but it’s just too far for us to try and get to that area.
Thursday, October 06, 2016
Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 17
The staff refers to a day where a sea otter gets a pool of water and a tub of ice to themselves as a Spa Day. Check out the video of Charlie’s Spa Day.