Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Members of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Green Team visited the Santa Barbara Zoo recently to learn about the green initiatives practiced there, in an effort to learn how other institutions are helping to green the planet.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
“Dude” the sea turtle, “White-Tip” the Coyote and other critters observed from the banks of the San Gabriel River.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Earlier this year, fellow blogger and marine mammal volunteer Hugh introduced our readers to the Aquarium’s Program Animals. Just because we’re an Aquarium doesn’t mean you won’t find a few terrestrial animals here and there! Our Program Animals, made up of a group of reptiles, birds, and mammals, serve as animal ambassadors by helping us educate our guests about the importance of the relationships between the land and the ocean, as well as promoting habitat conservation on a global scale. Keep an eye out for Melissa, our Program Keeper, and her staff because chances are good that they will have some kind of critter out on the floor for you to meet and learn about. I recently joined the family of Program Animal volunteers, and I would like to share some wonderful information with our readers about one of my favorite program animals: Borrego, the California desert tortoise!
Monday, September 08, 2008
When Perry Hampton arrived in Long Beach in February of 1997 from Baltimore, one of his first duties was to help establish holding facilities for the many animals they would soon begin to accumulate for the Aquarium’s exhibits. These facilities provided interesting challenges and had them improvising creative solutions to problems on a daily basis. Perry Hampton is the Director of Husbandry at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
This week’s blog is just some quick random notes and images from around the Aquarium.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Whew! It’s been a busy summer here at the Aquarium! Extraordinary whale watches, energetic day camps, packed Behind-the-scenes Tours, and hopping Summer Sundays. Our animal encounters have also been quite popular, and one of the encounters I’ve had the pleasure of leading recently focuses on the ocean’s most perfect predators: SHARKS! If you have ever wanted to have an up-close and personal, hands-on experience with these magnificent creatures, then this is the encounter for you.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Not long ago, one of our aquarists noticed that one of the Banggai cardinal fish in the coral reef exhibit on the first floor has not been eating for a while. We became increasingly concerned until we noticed that the little Banggai cardinal had a mouth full of babies!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
The Aquarium of the Pacific’s behind-the-scenes Green Team is helping staff members become more and more green through various activities that include such things as “Caught in the Act,” awards that go to people caught in the act of doing something to help save our planet—like using washable mugs for coffee—and a recycled art contest, both held in conjunction with April’s Earth Week.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
It is one of the best kept secrets of Mother Nature. When you think of green sea turtles, visions of tropical islands comes to mind. To folks in the Los Angeles/ Orange County area of California, these warm water wanderers are thought to be in far off, exotic locales. And yet in an urban river near the Long Beach-Orange County border an improbable group of sea turtles inconspicuously resides.
Friday, August 08, 2008
Snappers are some of my favorite fish at the Aquarium. They can typically become quite large, are hydrodynamically shaped and are well adapted for predatory life. They are always enthusiastic when it comes to chow time which makes them a delight to feed. Many snappers are brilliantly colored with reds, blues, and yellows.