Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Hello everyone! It’s been a lovely couple of weeks on the water. There have been sightings of our seasonal blue whales, the fin whales, a lot of sightings of humpback whales, and 2 sightings of the Risso’s dolphins. I hope you’ve been out on the water with us, but if not you can catch up with the blog today.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 34
While Harpo the sea lion takes selfies for fun, Shelby the harbor seal has a more important purpose for her selfie. Her purpose is for a porpoise. The critically endangered Vaquita.
Thursday, July 06, 2017
Hello everyone! It’s been a great couple of weeks on the water, and I hope you all had a wonderful Independence Day. There have been a lot of sightings of fin and blue whales. The blue whale season is in full swing, our whale watch times have shifted to 12:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. every day. July and August are the months where we have the highest numbers of sightings historically.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Blue whale season is almost in full swing. They come to Southern California in the summer to feed. There are numerous areas along the west coast of the U.S. and Canada that are summer feeding grounds for this species.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 33
If you have ever attended a Seals & Sea Lions show at the Aquarium of the Pacific you’ve probably heard the term galumphing as a description of how a harbor seal moves on land. In this week’s video I thought I’d give everyone a close up, slow motion view of what the term is describing.
Thursday, June 08, 2017
There has been a great amount of variety on the water recently, we even had a visit by the friendly CA51 pod of orca! These are a transient subtype of orca that predominantly feed on mammals. It was a rare treat to see this family again, and they are very boat friendly as you can see from the pictures.
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Husbandry volunteer, Terri Oba, explains the process of preparing nesting materials for our penguins to ensure they have a successful breeding season.
Thursday, June 01, 2017
Hugh's Aquarium Views Number 32
Ollie is the must rambunctious and clever sea otter I’ve ever met. Case in point is how she taught herself how to make a snowball.
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.