Thursday, May 24, 2012
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.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
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.
Friday, May 18, 2012
And I'd like to introduce a new voice to the whale watching blogs
There’s been quite a bit of hype in Long Beach around this year’s whale watching season and for good reason! We’ve had so many sightings of gray whales and orcas down here it’s unbelievable. Orcas are normally a very rare occurrence but have been making frequent appearances beginning in January. On May 9, the orcas gave us a once-in-a-lifetime sight. Read on to find out what our last two weeks have looked like on the water.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Shelby the harbor seal gives birth
When I first started as a marine mammal volunteer at the Aquarium a few weeks before its grand opening in 1998, a young female harbor seal named Shelby was one of the first animals I was introduced to. I had the joy of spending the next fourteen years watching her grow up to become a beautiful adult seal. A couple of weeks ago, just a few days after her sweet sixteen birthday, Shelby the harbor seal gave birth to a bouncing baby seal!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Another orphan baby sea otter finds a home in Long Beach
Not yet named but temporarily known by her case number, Otter 581 arrived at the Aquarium of the Pacific a few weeks ago. In this week’s blog I’d like to share a few images of her during her first full day at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Thursday, April 05, 2012
Springtime is always an interesting time on the whale watching boats. It can be some of the most active months. For example, it’s getting to the end of gray whale season, this is a time when some humpbacks move through the area, and some of the first blue whales typically show up. Read on to find out how much of this we’ve seen so far!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
No matter how exhausting my work week may have been I always find myself revitalized by my Saturday volunteer shift at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Spending time with the critters there always fills me with energy and joy, even in the pouring rain.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Although we’re getting later into the season for gray whale watching, it looks like there’s going to be quite a bit more to see! Read on to find out what we’re hoping to see in the upcoming weeks!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The Reddish Egrets of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands
When I’m not hanging around Parker the sea lion, Ollie the sea otter, and Noodles the penguin at the Aquarium of the Pacific, I like to spent my free time taking in the local wildlife found around Southern California. One of my favorite activities is to head down to the Bolsa Chica Wetlands to take in the “Dance of the Reddish Egret”.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
And that't not the only exciting news
Since I’ve been out on the water and working with the Aquarium of the Pacific, one thing that I’ve noticed about blue whales is that the first time we seem them is right around the end of winter/early spring. This year it seems they’re right on time!