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Animal Updates | Mammals | Conservation | Whale Watching

Friday, July 27, 2012

Where Are The Blue Whales?!? HERE! | Kera  buttonLink

Where Are The Blue Whales?!? HERE!

This year has had a little bit of a slow start with the blue whales. Normally June is when they start to trickle in and by mid-July our sightings have increased. This year has been a little different. The blue whales moved around California before stopping off here in Long Beach, but now they’re here! And not just a couple! Read on to find out what our last week has been like.

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Animal Updates | Turtles | Conservation | Guest Speaker Series | Volunteering

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Talking About Urban Sea Turtles | Hugh  buttonLink

Talking About Urban Sea Turtles

Come learn about a local endangered species.

On August 8th my wife Pam and I will be part of a panel discussion at the Aquarium of the Pacific on a population of an endangered species that has chosen an improbable environmental niche in which to survive, the Green Sea Turtles of the San Gabriel River. Dan Lawson of NOAA, Pam and the Aquarium vet Lance Adams will talk about the recent research on these animals and the rehabilitation and tracking of stranded turtles. Many of my sea turtle images from the river will be used in the talks.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Conservation | Whale Watching

Friday, July 13, 2012

A New Whale Watch Blogger | Julien  buttonLink

A New Whale Watch Blogger

With New Whale Watch Experiences!

Hello everybody! My name is Julien Christopher and I have been an educator at the Aquarium of the Pacific for a little over two years now. I am very excited to be contributing to the whale watch blogs! Read on to find out about some of my adventures!

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Animal Updates | Birds | Mammals | Penguins | Volunteering

Monday, July 09, 2012

Aquarium Summer Tidbits to Check Out | Hugh  buttonLink

Aquarium Summer Tidbits to Check Out

Penguins with bad hair days, Sea Lions with bad breath and wild gull chicks roaming the Pinniped Exhibit. Three summer tidbits to check out on your next visit to the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Conservation | Whale Watching

Thursday, June 28, 2012

It’s Time For Big Blue! | Kera  buttonLink

It’s Time For Big Blue!

On June 15 we officially ended gray whale season and switched over to blue whale watching. That means longer trips and slightly different trip times. The switch to a longer trip has already started paying off as we’ve had a handful of blue whale sightings already!

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Animal Updates | Birds | Penguins | Volunteering

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bubbling with Penguin Enrichment Ideas | Hugh  buttonLink

Bubbling with Penguin Enrichment Ideas

Penguins checking out soap bubbles

Just like with our marine mammals the staff at the Aquarium of the Pacific likes to come up with ideas to keep our penguins mentally stimulated or as I like to put it, entertained.  This week I’d like to share some images of an enrichment session that we recently gave our Magellanic Penguins. One that was just bubbling with excitement for the penguins.

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Animal Updates | Penguins | Volunteering

Thursday, June 07, 2012

A Penguin Who Tweets | Hugh  buttonLink

A Penguin Who Tweets

Avery Tweets from June Keyes

One of my favorite penguins of the group known as the “Brazilians” has a new hobby. Since the June Keyes Exhibit opened Avery the Magellanic Penguin has gone up into the cloud so to speak and set up his own Twitter account. This week I’d like to share a few of his tweets.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Conservation | Whale Watching

Friday, June 01, 2012

The Summer Interns Have Arrived! | Kera  buttonLink

The Summer Interns Have Arrived!

And we’re just waiting on the blues to arrive too!

Three times a year I go through many applications trying to figure out how I’m going to decide which interns to bring on for out Photo ID internship. It’s no easy task and I can tell you there are MANY college students and graduates that truly care about the Earth. As I have to do each time, I’ve narrowed it down to four interns that have just joined the Aquarium team to help protect blue whales. Read on to meet the new interns and find out what their summer will look like!

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Animal Updates | Birds | Penguins | Volunteering

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Penguins from Ipanema | Hugh  buttonLink

Penguins from Ipanema

Hundreds of their kindred comrades had succumbed to changes in their environment that they could not adapt in time to. Far from their normal range sick and dying Magellanic Penguins were washing ashore on Brazilian beaches better known in song than for black and white flightless aquatic birds. To do its part in trying to help these forlorn avians the Aquarium of the Pacific took in a small group of these distressed penguins to give them medical treatment and a home. Yet despite their tragic back story these “Brazilians” and their antics have gotten this particular aquarium volunteer smiling and humming “The Penguin from Ipanema” during his Saturday encounters with them.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Mammals

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Eight Hours in a Cargo Van with Four Penguins and an Otter | Claire  buttonLink

Eight Hours in a Cargo Van with Four Penguins and an Otter

Aquarium staff members transported some of the Magellanic Penguins and Betty the otter pup all in one cargo van on a road trip from the Bay Area to Long Beach.

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