Thursday, March 13, 2014
Charlie is a very special sea otter. He was the first otter in the world to give a voluntary blood sample. He participated in a landmark study on sea otter auditory abilities. And he and longtime female otter companion Brook were there in 1998 when the Aquarium of the Pacific first opened. On March 1, 2014, Charlie celebrated his seventeenth birthday.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Not all enrichment devices have to be complicated puzzles or handcrafted toys. Sometimes simple things can bring great satisfaction.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
While we spend a lot of time on the water in SoCal, we also like to travel to other places to see and learn about whales. Kera Mathes, our boat programs coordinator, and I recently took a long vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii, where I used to live. We spent ten days in Hilo and Kona looking for whales! Read on to find out what is going on in the world of whales, and check out some great shots taken from the islands.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
What does it mean when we say that we use positive reinforcement to train our animals at the Aquarium of the Pacific?
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
What will a seal or sea lion do when they see themselves in a mirror? Do they know they’re looking at themselves? Do they think they’ve met another animal? Enrichment Intern AnnMarie presented our seals and sea lions with their reflections to see how they would respond.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
How to use positive reinforcement training to stop an undesirable behavior.
Positive reinforcement training is a wonderful way of getting animals to do desired behaviors. But what if you want to stop an undesirable behavior?
Thursday, February 06, 2014
As we conclude the first month of 2014, we can truly say that it has been a fantastic month of whale watching! January has been the peak month where many of the southbound whales have been sighted. As mentioned in earlier blogs, we have had record breaking numbers of southbound sightings!
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Some enrichments are so intriguing, everyone wants to use them. I built a feeding enrichment full of worms for some of the foraging shorebirds. It brought in not just the shorebirds, but even the ducks… though they were a little late to the party. And you know what they say: “the early bird gets the worm.”
Thursday, January 30, 2014
An anthropomorphic look at the expressions of a sea otter
You would think with such a furry face that she wouldn’t be able to display many emotions. However, over the years Brook the sea otter has shown me that her repertoire of facial expressions exceeds that of even the best Oscar-winning actress! This week we’ll take a look at the many faces of Brook the sea otter.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Ever wonder why lorikeets sop up their nectar like a mop? Or why penguins replace all of their feathers once a year? This blog post will inform you on some of the amazing adaptations that birds utilize to be so successful in whatever habitat they live in.