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Animal Updates | Mammals

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Taking Care of a Sea Otter Pup | In Focus

Taking Care of a Sea Otter Pup

Senior Mammologist Josh Hestermann recently traveled to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to participate in its Sea Otter Program.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Education | Whale Watching

Monday, March 28, 2016

Basking Shark! | Retired | Julien

What is a basking shark? It’s basically ones of the coolest kinds of sharks and we never really get to see them! We had one a few years ago appear during a whale watch, but this Easter, we got a another sharky surprise! Not only was the shark seen on one whale watch trip during Easter Sunday, but, two trips that day!

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Animal Updates | Invertebrates | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Flamboyant Cuttlefish | Hugh

The Flamboyant Cuttlefish

There are just a few animals at the Aquarium of the Pacific that can cause me to have an affectionate emotional response when I look deep into their eyes; sea otters, sea lions, penguins and flamboyant cuttlefish.

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Animal Updates | Fish | Sharks | Volunteering

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Target-Training a Shark | Hugh

Target-Training a Shark

Training a shark to participate in its own husbandry care.

How do you get a nearly 8 foot long free swimming shark out of the water for a checkup? With a sea lion or sea otter the animal can be trained to get into a transport kennel when asked. Nicky, an Aquarium of the Pacific aquarist, decided to train Fern the Zebra Shark to willingly swim onto a transport stretcher using the same training techniques used to train marine mammals.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, November 19, 2009

THERMOREGULATION | Hugh

THERMOREGULATION

When people feel cold they can put on a jacket. Sea lions, on the other hand, have a hard time finding a good tailor out in the ocean. So what can they do when they feel a chill? The answer is called thermoregulation. Recently our sea lion demonstrated their method of thermoregulation in the pinniped exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Paintings by Sea Lions | Hugh

Paintings by Sea Lions

Some of our intelligent and highly talented sea lions are learning a new way to express themselves. They are adding the art of painting to their abilities.

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Animal Updates | Fish | Sharks

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Caring For A Tiger Shark | Retired | Chris

Caring For A Tiger Shark

Tiger sharks are a sensitive species that are rare to find in captivity. Check out some of the steps we took at the Aquarium to ensure our tiger shark successfully joined our family of volunteers, staff, birds, mammals, and fish!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Whale Watching

Thursday, August 20, 2009

How Do Whales Nurse? Let’s Find Out! | Retired | Kera

How Do Whales Nurse? Let’s Find Out!

The past few weeks, we’ve been seeing a decent number of cow/calf pairs of blue whales. Just recently I got word that a calf was seen nursing! Now even though I haven’t witnessed this with blue whales myself, I did recently get to see beluga whales nursing!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Education | Whale Watching

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Dolphins, Dolphins, AND MORE DOLPHINS! | Retired | Kera

Dolphins, Dolphins, AND MORE DOLPHINS!

The gray whales are pretty much done passing through, and the next true season for whales is in the summer from around June to September when the blues are here. So for now, we go in search of some VERY acrobatic animals…the dolphins! And there’s more than one type of dolphin that likes to put on a show!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, May 08, 2008

The Seal that Rescued a Rescuer | Hugh

The Seal that Rescued a Rescuer

I’ve been asked by visitors to the Aquarium what my favorite pinniped is. Most of them expect my answer to be either the California sea lion (like Miller) or the Harbor seal (like Ellie) because of how much I work and play with these critters. They are surprised when I tell them that the Elephant seal is actually my favorite. This is the story of how a young elephant seal once saved this volunteer from a mauling by a pack of wild animals.

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