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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Racing Blue Whales and Orcas! | Kera  buttonLink

Racing Blue Whales and Orcas!

All within one week!

All I can say about the last two weeks of whale watching is “WOW!”  We’ve seen everything from vocal blue whales to transient orcas harassing a sea lion. I’m not sure it can get much better than this! Read on to find out details of our latest sightings.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Who’s Who? | Hugh  buttonLink

Who’s Who?

Recognizing the Aquarium's Pinnipeds

To a wet-side volunteer like myself that spends a lot of time around them, the seals and sea lions of the Aquarium of the Pacific are as individual and recognizable as any of my close friends and relatives. However I’ve been reminded by a dry-side staffer that perhaps to guests and non marine mammal staff the pinnipeds may not be quite as recognizable to them. So this week’s blog is about how to tell our pinnipeds apart and, as a bit of an insight to them, how I tell them apart by their looks and personality.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Whale Watching

Thursday, September 08, 2011

A Repeat of Last Year? | Kera  buttonLink

A Repeat of Last Year?

I sure hope so!

In August and September of 2010, we had some of the best days of blue whale watching I’ve ever seen! Late last August the whale sightings started to increase quite a bit. At first it was 12 whales, then 15, and eventually we got up to over 20 whales! Although we’re a few weeks later into the season from last year, it looks like we’re up for a repeat of this massive gathering of whales!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Video | Volunteering

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Sea Lion-Cam with Milo…and Harpo | Hugh  buttonLink

Sea Lion-Cam with Milo…and Harpo

Milo the sea lion received a new toy last weekend. His old low resolution video camera on his “sea lion-cam” rig has now been replaced with a new high definition video camera. Our aquatic photographer took it out for a test dive last Saturday. This week’s blog features the video shot by Milo while he and I tried out the camera for the first time.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Fish | Mammals | Sharks

Monday, July 25, 2011

Cute Alert: Check Out Our Newest Baby Animals | Claire  buttonLink

Cute Alert: Check Out Our Newest Baby Animals

Most of you have probably read about or seen our two Arctic fox kits at the Molina Animal Care Center. But we also have baby diving birds, newly hatched fish, and even a baby zebra shark at the Aquarium right now.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Whale Watching

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Blue Whale Watching Starts Friday | Kera  buttonLink

Blue Whale Watching Starts Friday

And the blues seem to be right on cue

We officially switch to Blue Whale Watch starting Friday, June 11, 2010. It looks like the blues will be showing up right in time. In the last couple of weeks the blues have started to pop up. I saw my first blue whale last week and man was she a beauty!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Monday, October 12, 2009

THE SURPRISE SEA FARE ARTIST IS: MILLER THE SEA LION! | Hugh  buttonLink

THE SURPRISE SEA FARE ARTIST IS: MILLER THE SEA LION!

Miller the sea lion adds his artwork to Sea Fare.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Whale Watching

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Orcas on the Way? | Kera  buttonLink

Orcas on the Way?

Anyone that’s ever chatted with me about whales has probably learned that my all-time favorite animal is the orca a.k.a. killer whale. Out of everything I want to study and be around, orcas are my number one! I’ve recently gotten a report that a pod of orcas are on the way and might be in Long Beach this week!

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Animal Updates | Reptiles | Whale Watching

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Blue Whale Season Isn’t Over Yet! | Kera  buttonLink

Blue Whale Season Isn’t Over Yet!

Even though our summer has winded down, the blue whales and other wildlife haven’t seemed to notice. The blue whales won’t be here for too much longer, but they’re still showing strong. On my trip out a few days ago I saw six blue whales and bottlenose dolphins! What a trip!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Whale Watching

Thursday, August 20, 2009

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

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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