Thursday, July 28, 2016
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 the amount of life that has been in the water.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
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.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
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!
Friday, July 01, 2016
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.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
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.
Thursday, June 02, 2016
Parker and his old toy ball
I remember Parker when he was a little pup running between my legs chasing his favorite blue ball. That little pup is now huge topping out this year at 810 pounds.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
The June Keyes Penguin Habitat's Under-look-Hugh Aquarium Views Number 9
It’s one of the most relaxing and meditative places in the aquarium. The penguin under-look at the June Keyes Penguin Habitat allows you to become immersed amongst swimming penguins.
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 8
Because they are so accessible to the local folks of Long Beach and the surrounding area I like to refer to the green sea turtles that colonize the San Gabriel River as Urban Sea Turtles.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
I love the scientific name of these whales; Pseudorca, because it sounds like they are just phony killer whale or faux-orca. In fact, the only reason they are named ‘false’ killer whales is because their skulls resemble those of a killer whale and it has nothing to do with their actual physical likeness. Anyways, we were VERY fortunate to come across these gentle toothed whales during one of our whale watching tours last week and those on board had a once in a lifetime opportunity to see them in the wild.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Darth Otter: Revisited
Brook is not only one of the oldest females Southern Sea Otters in North America, she also has a unique ability that sets her apart from other sea otters. The ability to stand almost human-like.