Thursday, May 25, 2017
Our new interns have all started and are doing an amazing job. We’ve had great sightings of dolphins, humpbacks, blue whales, fin whales, and even caught sight of a minke and an elephant seal! It’s been a while since our naturalists have been able to mention minke whales on the boats and years since the last time we could catalog an elephant seal sighting.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Our education staff member, Erin English, recently traveled to Glover’s Reef in Belize to work on shark conservation research with Earthwatch Expedition.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Hugh's Aquarium Views Number 31
Since 2008 when the Aquarium’s vet, Dr. Lance Adams, first introduced us to the sea turtles of the San Gabriel River, my wife Pam and I have been taking field notes and photos of these unexpected urban residents. The photos were used in a photo identification study project led by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The results were presented this year as a scientific poster at the International Sea Turtle Symposium, a gathering of sea turtle scientists and researchers from around the world.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Our sightings of gray whales have definitely been reduced over the last couple of weeks, only a few instances where we were able to see probably the last few cow/calf pairs heading north for their summer feeding. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go whale watching! We’ve seen lots of dolphins recently, even saw some Risso’s dolphins again.
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Sara Mandel explains what it’s like to raise baby lorikeets.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Historically during our normal water conditions, and even during some La Nina conditions, we have seen humpback whales show up late spring through early/mid fall. We had amazing sightings and numbers of humpbacks during our last El Nino, hopefully the numbers stay pretty high this year too. We recently spotted a couple of humpbacks in the last week, hanging out together between Abalone Cove State Marine Conservation Area and Point Fermin.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 30
So what is it like volunteering every Saturday with the critters at the Aquarium of the Pacific? Well here’s a year’s worth of 1 second video moments of my volunteer shifts in under 60 seconds.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
It’s not uncommon to see an early blue whale in April or early May and it makes for a great surprise during whale watches. We’re also seeing lots of gray whales moving north with their calves. April is definitely the time for cow-calf pairs.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Alyssa Pacaut traveled to San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja California to get up close and personal with baby gray whales…
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 29
The early stages of training a harbor seal to take a selfie.