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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Husbandry Behaviors | Hugh  

Husbandry Behaviors

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 46

The high jumps out of the water, retrieval of objects and even underwater selfies taking are all fascinating behaviors that our pinnipeds were trained to do to help stimulate their minds and keep their bodies in shape but by far the most important behavior we train them to do are the husbandry behaviors.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Grays and Fins Galore | James S.  

Grays and Fins Galore

We’ve had really productive whale watches the past couple of weeks, lots of dolphins (including my favorite, the Pacific white-sided), fin whales, gray whales, breaching whales, and even a humpback whale. Our new interns are in full swing, taking some amazing photos for you all to explore our local ocean life.

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Thursday, February 08, 2018

Sea Otter Slam Dunk | Hugh  

Sea Otter Slam Dunk

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 45

Maggie the sea otter showed off her hoop skills recently by demonstrating some slam dunking, spin moves, pump fakes and rim hanging.

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Thursday, February 01, 2018

Fin Whales, Gray Whales, and Orca! | James S.  

Fin Whales, Gray Whales, and Orca!

Since our last blog we’ve had a lot of great sightings on the water. Not only have we had great fin whale and gray whale sightings, breaching grays, dolphins, but another visit from the transient orca! The whale watch was also able to view the orca in the middle of a hunt.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Hugh’s 1st Volunteer Shift of 2018 | Hugh  

Hugh’s 1st Volunteer Shift of 2018

2018 should be an exciting year. Not only is it the year that the Aquarium of the Pacific will mark its 20th Anniversary in June, it will also mark two decades for me volunteering to help take care of the critters that call the facility home.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Sea Lion Mid Air Frisbee Catch | Hugh  

Sea Lion Mid Air Frisbee Catch

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 43

To the audience, it looks like a sea lion imitating a retriever canine catching a frisbee in mid-air. For Harpo the sea lion, it showcases his prey catching abilities.

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Thursday, January 04, 2018

Happy New Year! | James S.  

Happy New Year!

It’s been a lot of fun on the water, even with the cooler temperatures. We’ve seen lots of fin whales, humpback whales, a few gray whales, even couple blue whales, dolphins and the Pacific white-sided dolphins have come south for their seasonal migration pattern.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Penguins | Sharks | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Hugh’s Favorite Aquarium of the Pacific Video Clips | Hugh  

Hugh’s Favorite Aquarium of the Pacific Video Clips

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 42

I’ve been a husbandry volunteer at the Aquarium of the Pacific since before it opened nearly 20 years ago. For the past ten years, I’ve produced a blog about my volunteer experiences. Those blogs also featured short videos call Hugh’s Aquarium Views. This week I’d like to share a few of my favorite video clips from my blog.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Stop The Presses! Orcas Were Spotted! | James S.  

Stop The Presses! Orcas Were Spotted!

We had an amazing past couple of weeks out on the water. We just found orcas on the 19th, there’s been A LOT of humpbacks hanging around the area still, gray whales, fin whales, and lots of dolphins. The orcas were an amazing surprise on the 12:00 p.m. trip.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

An Otter Tradition-Destroying the Holiday Treats Snowman | Hugh  

Hugh's Aquarium Views Video Number 42

Building a snowman for the sea otters during the Holiday Treats for the Animals festivities at the Aquarium of the Pacific has been a tradition for the husbandry staff since the early years of the facility. Ollie the sea otter has added her own twist to the tradition.

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