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Friday, August 23, 2013

Lunge Feeding Frenzies! | Julien  buttonLink

Lunge Feeding Frenzies!

So far, August has not disappointed as one of our best months to see blue whales! Not only are we seeing the blues but we are seeing them feeding on krill at the surface. This type of behavior is
called surface lunge feeding and it makes for a pretty memorable experience as a guest on board and even for us educators! Read on to hear more about our blue whale stories.

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Harpo: the Charismatic Raspberry-blowing Sea Lion | Hugh  buttonLink

Harpo: the Charismatic Raspberry-blowing Sea Lion

As I was leaving the exhibit after a recent pinniped presentation a little kid excitedly ran up to me just say “I like your seal the best!”  The “seal” I was working with that day was Harpo the Sea Lion. This charismatic raspberry-blowing member of the species Zalophus californianus had made another fan!

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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Tons of Blues and Other Marine Life Too! | Julien  buttonLink

Tons of Blues and Other Marine Life Too!

We kicked off our July with spectacular whale sightings and it has only been getting better! We have been seeing at least three blue whales per trip and even fin whales and minkes as well! In the month of July we had NINTEY-FOUR blue whale sightings alone! Keep reading to find out more!

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Whale Watching from a Cruise Ship | Hugh  buttonLink

Whale Watching from a Cruise Ship

The marine mammals of Alaska's Inside Passage

Most people on a cruise ship spend their time partaking in the many party-like activities onboard. My wife and I however spent our time at sea watching for whales. It turned out to be an exciting choice. This week’s blog chronicles the marine mammals seen on a cruise to Alaska’s Inside Passage.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Whales, Sunfish, and Sharks! | Julien  buttonLink

Whales, Sunfish, and Sharks!

June was a fun month on the boat with each day being more unpredictable than the next. Some of the highlights of the last month included sightings of massive sunfish and even a juvenile great white shark! Read more to get the inside scoop about the month of June on the water.

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Thursday, June 06, 2013

15 Years of Aquarium Memories | Hugh  buttonLink

15 Years of Aquarium Memories

The first week of June marks my 15th year of volunteering at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Later this month the Aquarium celebrates the 15th Anniversary of its Grand Opening. So to commemorate both occasions, in no particular order, I’d like to share 15 of my favorite memories of the Aquarium of the Pacific over the years.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

IT’S A BOY! | Hugh  buttonLink

IT’S A BOY!

Shelby the Harbor Seal gives birth to a male pup.

Shelby, the most lovable and huggable seal in the Aquarium, has her own huggable seal to lavish love on. On May 1, 2013 she gave birth to a 14.8 kilogram male harbor seal.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Farewell May Grays! | Julien  buttonLink

Farewell May Grays!

The first few weeks of May have given us the final glimpses of our Pacific gray whales and many cow/calf pairs! Since the first we have had nine sightings of gray whales, eight of which were females and young calves. Keep reading to find out more about our recent whale and dolphin sightings!

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Thursday, May 09, 2013

Welcome Back Charlie! | Hugh  buttonLink

Welcome Back Charlie!

The critter that pushed the envelope in otter behavior is back in Long Beach.

Charlie the Sea Otter is famous amongst zoological institutions. He was the first sea otter trained to give a voluntary blood sample. For the past couple of years Charlie was up north in a famous research facility participating in an important research project on sea otter hearing.  Now that that research is concluded he has returned to his home town of Long Beach.

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Thursday, May 02, 2013

Cows, Calves and Breaching Whales! | Julien  buttonLink

Cows, Calves and Breaching Whales!

These last few weeks of April have been filled with mother and baby gray whale moments. This is the peak time of the season where we see the most cow/calf pairs heading back to Alaska since they are the last groups to leave Baja. Since the 15th we have seen 14 pairs. Keep reading to find out more!

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