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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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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Steller Sea Lion Getting “Thiggy” with California Sea Lions | Hugh  buttonLink

Steller Sea Lion Getting “Thiggy” with California Sea Lions

Parker is the Aquarium of the Pacific’s largest California Sea Lion. Standing next to him in the pinniped exhibit I am in awe how massive he’s become. This summer he should top out at about 700 pounds!  And he’s still growing!  Yet this favorite sea lion of mine is a mere Hobbit when compared to the largest of the Otariidae, the Steller Sea Lion.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

One Whale, Two Whale, Gray Whale, Blue Whale! Killer Whales and Humpbacks too! | Julien  buttonLink

One Whale, Two Whale, Gray Whale, Blue Whale! Killer Whales and Humpbacks too!

Whales everywhere! So far, April has been a great month for seeing multiple species of whales and dolphins, and we have had some pretty exciting trips. The blues are still being sighted periodically and we have had five sightings already this month! Keep reading for all the latest and greatest whale sighting information.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Critter Portraits | Hugh  buttonLink

Critter Portraits

This week I’d like to share some critter portraits I’ve taken over the past few months. 

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Thursday, April 04, 2013

Orcas, Blues, Humpbacks and Baby Grays! | Julien  buttonLink

Orcas, Blues, Humpbacks and Baby Grays!

We have been having phenomenal whale watches the last few weeks of March! Orcas, humpbacks, minkes, fins, grays and more early blue whales have filled our recent trips with excitement. Read on to see details and great photos!

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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Otter Wish List | Hugh  buttonLink

Otter Wish List

It was one of the cutest and most fun enrichment sessions I’ve had with the otters. A simple child-like teething toy that the Furball was greatly enjoying was bringing a big smile to my face. As she chewed and tugged on the durable plaything I thought to myself how neat it was that such a simple item could bring so much happiness to this otter. Now the public has a chance to help enrich the lives of our critters by way of the Animal Care Wish List.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

More Blue Whales! | Julien  buttonLink

More Blue Whales!

Is the season starting early?

The blue whales came back for more! We were hoping that seeing a blue as early as February this year would indicate the start to an early season, but not this early! Read to find out more.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

iPad-Playing Penguins | Hugh  buttonLink

iPad-Playing Penguins

Penguins chase a virtual mouse

Take an old obsolete iPad. Load up a cat game app. Place in front of a couple of young curious penguins and you have the recipe for a fun time for these aquatic birds and a pretty neat video.

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Thursday, March 07, 2013

Our First Blue Whale and More! | Julien  buttonLink

Our First Blue Whale and More!

That’s right! We sighted our first blue whale of the season already on February 18th! Read more to see the up-to-date whale counts!

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Furball Through The Years | Hugh  buttonLink

The Furball Through The Years

Watching a Sea Otter Grow Up

I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to watch the Gidget the Sea Otter as she grew from a shy orphan pup to a good natured young adult. This week I’d like to share some images of the Furball through the years.

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