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Thursday, September 13, 2012

It’s Phenomenal Blue Whale Watching!! | Julien  buttonLink

It’s Phenomenal Blue Whale Watching!!

This last month our blues have given us wonderful whale watching experiences! At this current time, they are not being seen as frequently off our coast in Long Beach, but they are still here in Southern California feeding.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, August 30, 2012

HELLO BIXBY! | Hugh  buttonLink

HELLO BIXBY!

A Little Seal in a Big Exhibit

It was nervous time for this marine mammal volunteer as I came in for my Saturday shift. Bixby, the daughter of harbor seals Shelby and Troy, was reintroduced to the seal and sea lion exhibit just a few days earlier.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Penguins | Volunteering

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Why Penguins Can’t Fly | Hugh  buttonLink

Why Penguins Can’t Fly

And why they may choose not to fly according to Avery the Penguin.

According to physics there are clear scientific reasons why penguins CAN’T fly. But according to Avery the Penguin there are several practical reason why penguins WON’T fly.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Penguins | Volunteering

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Images of Summer at the Aquarium | Hugh  buttonLink

Images of Summer at the Aquarium

The Critters of Summer

As we enter the Dog Days Of Summer I’d like to share a few images of some of the critters at the Aquarium of the Pacific. From a pair of Sea Otters enjoying snowballs made of ice to a young Harbor Seal floating weightless just under the surface of the water there are many images that say its summertime for these Critters of Summer.

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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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